Friday, 11 April 2014

Epping Forest

Epping Forest is virtually on my doorstep but apart from the odd weekend family amble through the woods and brief winter visit in search of ducks at Connaught Water I rarely pay it a visit! But given its size, and the maturity of its ancient woodland, apart from your typical woodland bird species it must also herald many other passage migrants which go vastly undetected. With this in mind, I did a brief circuit around Connaught Water, through the forest and along Chingford Plain, typical early returning summer migrants were plentiful with singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in good numbers but what I was aiming for was something a little more rewarding in the form of a Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher or Tree Pipit - I guess my timings were probably a week out, or with the amount of cover and trees in full-leaf they can just easily avoid detection!

At least this showy Nuthatch performed well for the camera, I can only imagine I was stood in its territory or near a potential nest hole as it was very vocal, calling and flying with-in just a few metres.


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