latest sightings

Pete lambert wrote today:

Single whinchat on Clendish Marsh at the south end again (perhaps the same as one seen Wed by George). Cetti’s warbler singing from channel just east of Stonebridge Lock (not heard it there before), juvenile shelduck flew north over WMEast from Lockwood Res (bit odd, they all disappeared in July), 2 gadwalls in channel at west of WM East (just north of ‘sluice gate’) and a kingfisher sitting on the lip of the Lee Navigation before flying to more normal perch in willow and catching a fish. More meadow pipits calling as they flew southerly.


Wheater and more besides..

Pete Lambert wrote yeasterday:

Caught up at last with George’s record of an autumn wheatear on Clendish Marsh this morning – probably because George was standing next to me at the time! It flew off to the Lockwood Res. We also saw a whinchat there, and a male reed bunting – a bit hard to find reed buntings lately on the Marsh. Several meadow pipits flying over calling, all going south.
After George had left me, I saw 3 yellow wagtails flying high south calling, over the WM West, near the north end. Then when I’d left the WM East and was walking down ‘my’ footpath east of the Marsh, a hobby appeared over the allotments there. It drifted west over WM East where it appeared to catch and eat something from its feet. Then it drfited off north over WME.


Spotted Flycatchers plus

Peter Lambert wrote today:

Blowy and gloomy walk round today, so pleasant surprise to see a spotted flycatcher flit in trees at NW of Stonebridge Wood – NW of Pond. Flushed a sedge warbler at N end of Wild Marsh West – one of those with pale crown stripe suggestive of aquatic warbler, but just a juv. (?) sedge. About 55 hirundines flew SW at 9.10am, too far away (and too gloomy) to identify. 2 meadow pipits SW across Clendish Marsh, which settled. 2 gadwall and 2 little egret in east channel at WMEast – seen from East Bridge. Kingfisher on post in west channel at WME too. Grey wagtail at WMW, in Pymmes Brook just north of Gasometer Bridge.


Latest sightings

Peter Lambert reported this morning:

Apart from the single whinchat on Clendish Marsh, there were 2 teal feeding in the channel on the east side of WMEast (north of the bridge to Walthamstow) when I came in this morning. Later, a cetti’s warbler singing along channel at west of WME. George saw 3 whinchat Saturday morn at Clendish Marsh and a wheatear there on Friday.


Saturday morning – Coal Tit?

Pete Lambert wrote earlier:

Amazingly quiet today. Expected flycatchers and whinchats sitting watching me, but nothing. Highlight was one-that-got-away. On WMW just north of cafe heard what sounded like a coal tit singing. Walked back to where it seemed to be – nothing. I’ve never recorded a coal tit here (or at Walthamstow) so it’d have been a mega discovery – if I could have discovered it! Saw a weasel – I think my first this year.