Monday, 15 September 2014

Chats on the Flats

An early Sunday morning circuit of the Flats was significantly quieter than the week before, the biggest change was the lack of Sylvia Warblers, I didn't see one Blackcap or Lesser Whitethroat and I only found two Common Whitethroats. Whilst there were still good numbers of Chiffchaff moving through the area constantly contact calling, the Willow Warblers had all but moved on - as is the fast pace of migration at this time of year.

The 1st Stonechat of the year did the decent thing and stuck around for a few days allowing us low-listing weekend birders to add it to our year lists, it also obligingly perched up on the logs south of the Broom fields before being flushed by the usual dog-walker and disappeared further into the long grass and was lost amongst the last of this years flowering Rosebay Willowherb.

Wanstead Flats

The Whinchat were slightly harder to come buy and weren't where I would expect to see them on top of the Broom south of Long Wood, but I did eventually find four birds on the western edge of the SSSI, an area I've not seen them in before, maybe they too were also looking for somewhere else to reside away from the constant flushing and disturbance!

Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats


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