Monday, 2 January 2012

Lade & London

Lade - 0900hrs - dry, bright and sunny - In complete contrast to yesterdays deluge, this morning dawned bright and sunny with clear skies. All the usual wildfowl were on south pit including 5 Goldeneyes, 50 Wigeons, 80 Teal and 2 Dabchicks. A Grey Heron that had been fishing in back garden ponds was driven across the storm beaches by the Herring Gulls, were it landed with bulging crop.

Walthamstow Marshes - 1230hrs - Had to go up to London on family matters and dropped in at Walthamstow Marshes in the Lea Valley to recce out for an article. Plenty of Ring-necked Parakeets in the nearby park, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail along the river and Snipe and Stonechat on the marsh.
Hammonds Corner - 1620hrs - Cracking views of a `ringtail` harrier as it flew over the Brenzett road heading towards Cheyne Court, and a Little Owl on the old barns just past the farm at Hammonds Corner.

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