Wednesday, August 08, 2007

8th August 2007

Stoke Newington Reservoirs 0830-1200 MJP, TB
warm, mainly sunny. light N.

Garden Warbler - 2
Blackcap - 5
Willow Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 8
Common Tern - 3
Shoveler - 34
Pochard - 20
Gadwall - 8
Tufted Duck - c45
Ruddy Duck - 5
Swallow - 1
Sand Martin - 1
Grey Wagtail - 4
Swift - 10
Black-headed Gull - c40
LBB Gull - 12
Herring Gull - 3

The first time up at the reservoirs this month, and in all likelihood, the first of many. The expanse of algae-covered mud around the edge (and extending into the centre) of the East Reservoir is potentially productive - while no waders were present today, the possibility of something interesting appearing has risen a hundred fold; how long Thames Water intend to maintain the low water level is anybody's guess, but a few weeks would be very welcome.....

The mud and surrounding shallows attracted gulls, a Common Tern, many Shovelers and other ducks to ground, and is presently perfect for waders, wagtails etc. A deterrent this morning along the eastern edge (although Mute Swans and Canada Geese were very tolerant) were the family of five foxes, sunbathing, playfighting and throwing around mud-filled plastic bags.....