Tuesday, July 24, 2007

24th July 2007

Walthamstow Marshes 1030-1150 MJP
sunny, warm. light/mod W.

Hobby - 1
Common Tern - 3
Garden Warbler - 1 singing
Willow Warbler - 1
Common Whitethroat - 16
Sand Martin - 5
House Martin - c30
Goldfinch - 35, in single flock
Greenfinch - 10, -"-
Linnet - 8, -"-
Starling - 250

A pleasant day on the marshes after being away for the best part of a week in and around Oslo (Nutcrackers, Goldeneyes, Green Sandpipers, Fieldfares, Redwings and other expected local breeders all present and correct); within a minute or two of arriving over the bridge, a Hobby bulleted through, and unsuccessfully attacked the feeding finch flock in the central field before heading east. The third sighting at the site this year, and the first post-breeding record.

Warblers are still very much in evidence, with all the usual species present, as well as a Garden Warbler in song by the ice rink. The finch flock has grown, no doubt on account of the excellent habitat presently available.

some recent butterfly shots from today, and the 17th: -