Friday, August 17, 2007

17th August 2007

Two sites:

Walthamstow Marshes 1100-1250 MJP
o/c, some sun. light/mod NW.

Marsh Harrier - 1
Stonechat - 1 imm.
House Martin - c50
Swift - 8
Sand Martin - 2
Pied Wagtail - 27
Linnet - 4
Grey Heron - 3
Starling - c260

Great views of the Harrier, which came in fairly low from the SE and drifted steadily NNW, over the centre of the marsh, harrassed by a small cloud of hirundines and several Carrion Crows. Also the first Stonechat of the autumn, a pale immature on the central marsh. Hirundines, particularly House Martins, were feeding overhead and moving through in good numbers, as they have been for several days in the area. Swifts are evident, albeit in small numbers, after the main departure last week; the substantial flock of Pied Wagtails, meanwhile, was no doubt attracted onto the playing field by the freshly-mown grass. Warblers are presently all but absent, with the majority of breeders and juveniles evidently already gone.

Clissold Park 1315-1500 MJP

House Martin - 30
Swallow - 1
Swift - 5
Little Grebe - 2 ads with 3 new young