Tuesday, October 24, 2006

24th October (additional)

Walthamstow Marshes 1400-1615 MJP
sunny, clear, cold. mod W.

Stonechat - 1
Skylark - 2
Jackdaw - 2
Redwing - 2
Linnet - 17
Goldfinch - 35
Siskin - 1
Meadow Pipit - 9
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 27
Kestrel - 2

also 4 Red Admirals

finally an opportunity to cover the majority of this expansive site, although little expected due to the time of day (the area is justifiably popular with dog-walkers, cyclists and ramblers); hopefully in the next week or so an early morning visit will be possible.

Still enjoyable, with certain areas proving productive despite the disturbance.
Finch flocks, feeding mainly in the scrub and weed-dominated patches along the eastern path, held five species, with Linnets and Goldfinches particularly well represented. At least one Stonechat, nine Meadow Pipits and two Skylarks occupied Bombcrater Field (the fenced, rough pasture containing cattle).

Waterworks NR 1230-1400 MJP
sunny breaks. mod W.

16 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Siskin, 9 Goldcrest, 1 Meadow Pipit; also Clouded Yellow showing well by main hide, and 12 Red Admirals.