Wednesday, November 29, 2006

29th November 2006

Stoke Newington Reservoirs 0720-0940 MJP
cool, clear, sunny, still.

Rock Pipit - 1
Chiffchaff - 2
Brambling - 1
Siskin - 2 (west)
Woodpigeon - 610 (mainly N)
Stock Dove - 12 (N)
Pochard - 28
Shoveler - 2
Gadwall - c50
Little Grebe - 5
Greylag - 2 (E)
Water Rail - 1 (calling)
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 6
Sparrowhawk - 1

The first day on patch in a while (but recording the album was a little more important...; a Rock Pipit, flushed from the south bank of the ER and leaving south, was (remarkably) the sixth record this autumn, which is also the sixth site record ever.

Two Chiffchaffs were present, one singing in the sallows along the New River east, and one in the trees on Bethune Road. A single Water Rail called from the reeds, and six Great Spotted Woodpeckers is a high count for the site.