3 July 2012

June: a fantastic month

What a month.  Absolutely fantastic. A month's list of birds like this: Marsh Warbler, European Roller, Dartford Warbler, Night Heron, Nightjar, Purple Heron, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Wood Warbler, Little Bittern, Ruddy Duck, Little Swift, Pacific Golden Plover, Sacred Ibis - can't be all bad, can it?

Just a shame none were on the patch.

The French have a word for it.  Crap!

Go on get the highlights over and done with and I can go to bed...

3rd: Dunlin heard calling 

5th: Snaresbrook: probable 2cyr male Red-footed Falcon seen flying low, south over Snaresbrook at 3.55pm, heading towards Wanstead Park/Flats. (John Richardson)

25th: 2 pairs of Common Tern on Heronry
27th: 3 unseasonal Siskin west over Long Wood
Reed Warblers in addition to the Shoulder of Mutton bird

So in conclusion 1 heard, 1 not seen on the patch, plus some others.  A great offering.

Of course it might have been a bit different if we hadn't been hoofing it around the country getting: Marsh Warbler, European Roller, Dartford Warbler, Night Heron, Nightj...

But I doubt it.  June is June.  So let's hope that July's isn't June too.

1st June
Wanstead Park: Hobby chasing hirundines (Steve Thorpe).

3rd June
Wanstead Flats: Dunlin heard flying north over broom fields, 7 Stock Dove, Kestrel, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Common Whitethroat feeding young, Great-crested Grebe feeding young, rain (Nick Croft)

5th June
Snaresbrook: probable 2cyr male Red-footed Falcon seen flying low, south over Snaresbrook at 3.55pm, heading towards Wanstead Park/Flats. (John Richardson)

Wanstead Flats: 7 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit carrying food, 5 House Martin and no interesting falcons (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: standing by Shoulder of Mutton at time of RFF sighting completely unaware, picked up a Hobby calling from Reservoir Wood, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 3 Swallow, 40+ Swift (Nick Croft/Sally Hammond)

8th June
Wanstead Flats: No seabird spectacular, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 10 Stock Dove, singing Willow Warbler (Nick Croft) Go to Devon then (humorous quip from some one on the wiki!).

Wanstead Park: Singing Reed Warbler (Shoulder of Mutton), only 2 Great-crested Grebe chick remain, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

12th June
Wanstead Flats: Little Grebe with chick (Alex), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 10 + Swift, 8 Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 3 Little Egret, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull (Ilford golf course), Reed Warbler, probable Garden Warbler (paddock by stables), Great Crested Grebe back to 3 chicks, Little Grebe with chick, House Martin, 5 Swift (Nick Croft)

13th June
Wanstead Flats: Singing Reed Warbler (Alex), 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, singing Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Hobby, Stock Dove, Swift, 9 Tufted Duck (Jub) (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 3 Great Crested Grebe (+ 3 chicks), 2 Little Grebe chicks (SoM), pr Reed Warbler (SoM) (Nick Croft), Hobby over at 6pm (John Richardson).

14th June
Wanstead Flats: 3 Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 House Martin (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: pr Reed Warbler (Steve Thorpe)

15th June
Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler, Little Egret, Common Tern, House Martin, Peregrine Falcon over Ilford golf course (Nick Croft)

16th June
Wanstead Park: Hobby calling, Common Tern, 4 + Lesser Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft)

19th June
Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat singing east end of Long Wood, 3 Chiffchaff + 1 with 4 fledged young, 4 Blackcap, Skylark with young, 8 Meadow Pipit, c. 50 Swift, 5 House Martin, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Pr Reed Warbler, singing Stock Dove, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 6 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 2 House Martin (Nick Croft)

20th June
Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat (Tim Harris), 4 House Martin gathering mud and another 8 over Alex, 30 Jackdaw in a flock (Nick Croft)

23rd June
Wanstead Park: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Common Tern, 4 House Martin, Black-headed Gull, 2nd brood of Little Grebe on Shoulder of Mutton of 2 chicks (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)

25th June
Wanstead Flats: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, 4 House Martin, 20 + Swift (Nick Croft).

Wanstead Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler, 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Great-crested Grebe (only 1 chick seen), Little Grebe (2 chicks), Egyptian Goose heard (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe), Sunday: Little Egret eating crayfish at the pump-house, 2 pr Common Tern (Steve Thorpe), Common Tern seen on banks of Heronry at midnight on Saturday during bat walk (Tim Harris).

27th June
Wanstead Flats: 3 Siskin west over Long Wood, Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove (Nick Croft).

Wanstead Park: singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Tern, 4 House Martin, 30 + Swift (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).

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