Sunday, 10 July 2016

A Scarlet Rosefinch

After a combination of illness (Manflu) and a really busy period at work, I finally managed to find some time to catch up with the Common Rosefinch at Walthamstow Marshes - and as local twitching goes this was one of the simplest.

In less than half an hour from leaving the house on Saturday morning I was parked in the housing estate near the Anchor and Hope Pub and was soon listening to the distinctive whistling song of a male Common Rosefinch as it performed from the tops of the TV aerials on the nearby houses - it was great to see an actual scarlet-coloured summer bird instead of the usual grotty autumn juvenile. 

An enjoyable couple of hours followed, as I stood beside the canal intermittently watching and listening to the bird as it accompanied the local House Sparrow population, frequently flying between the adjacent marsh and its favoured singing posts in the housing estate.

Walthamstow, London, Scarlet

Walthamstow, London, Scarlet

Walthamstow, London, Scarlet

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