1 May 2011

My first day back at Wanstead after being away for a while produced this freshly emerged female Broad-bodied Chaser that I managed to get close enough to get a pic. Not usually an easy task. 4 Swifts went east over the park, then later another 2 also east. A few Swallows passed in various directions throughout the 3 hours I was there, including one heading South East. A pair of Reed Warblers were in the small reed patch at the edge of the Shoulder of Mutton pond, hopefully they'll breed this year(?) Drumming Lesser Spotted Woodpecker near the Dell, singing Coal Tit (I've forgotten where) and on the Flats a Yellow Wagtail flew off east from the largely empty playing fields, nice. also noted 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats, a male Garden Warbler singing near Centre Road, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 in the Park, 1 along the Roding and one on the Flats, also a Kingfisher carrying a fish along the River Roding (nest site?).....

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