Monday, August 20, 2007

20th August 2007

Two good walks, two good birds....

Walthamstow Marshes 0940-1120 MJP

Yellow-legged Gull - 1 ad.
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
House Martin - 5
Sedge Warbler - 1

SN Church Street & area 1400-1720 MJP

Hobby - 1 ad. (over Church St./Abney Park south entrance)
Mistle Thrush - flock of 21 (Clissold Park)
Blackcap - 1 (Clissold Park)

Two good walks, two good birds....

The usual route to the marshes, through Millfields Park, was brightened up by an adult Yellow-legged Gull feeding with the gull flock, around the cricket square. Presumably the same bird flew NE, a few hundreds metres away over the marshes, 20 minutes later. Otherwise the marshes are pretty quiet at the moment, with most of the breeding passerines having dispersed, and the finch flock minimal at best.

A walk in Clissold Park was equally quiet, but on the way home along Stoke Newington Church Street, a pause to talk to a friend proved fortuitous, with a cracking adult Hobby coming in from the west and arching low parallel to the street, giving very close view before disappearing behind the trees of Abney Park's southern entrance.