Monday, August 27, 2007

27th August 2007

Stoke Newington Reservoirs 0720-1030 MJP
bright, some clouds, sunny breaks. light WNW.

Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Common Gull - 1 2nd s.
Garden Warbler - 2-3
Common Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 8
Chiffchaff - 2
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - c10
Kingfisher - 1
House Martin - 14
Swallow - 1
Sand Martin - 1
Rose-ringed Parakeet - 3
Shoveler - 36
Pochard - 21

A pleasant morning on patch, with a good variety of migrant passerines on show. The pick of the bunch today was the autumn's first Spotted Flycatcher at the Reservoirs, although a Yellow Wagtail over was only the second record in the area this autumn (after yesterday's house flyovers), and the Garden Warblers showed well (in what is becoming the most productive autumn for this species at the site).

Other warblers provided a healthy back-up, a second summer Common Gull was unusual, and dabbling duck numbers are high (probably as a consequence of the extensive weed on the ER).