Wednesday, June 13, 2007

13th June 2007

Walthamstow Marshes 1115-1315 MJP
humid, o/c, bright spells. light variable wind.

Turtle Dove - 1
Swift - 300+
House Martin - c20
Sand Martin - c15
Linnet - 16 (mostly juveniles)

Despite not posting for a while, as mentioned below I've covered Clissold Park, Abney Park Cemetery, and Walthamstow Marshes regularly over the last few weeks; but, despite best efforts, unfortunately there's been essentially nothing to report. The breeding season is of course in full swing, however, and changes in pressure have encouraged huge numbers of Swifts to feed over the area of late. But that's been about it.....

However, at last, today provided a fine and unexpected record. A Turtle Dove, flushed from a path in the northern third of the marshes, spent a while in the north copse before flying over the fence into the Reservoirs compound. Breeding species and numbers provide entertainment at these quietest of times, and Linnets, as well as various warbler species (especially Common Whitethroats) appear to have done especially well so far this year.