Sunday, 27 November 2016

The magic Autumn four...

As we said goodbye to Autumn and hit November predictably the patch has become sterile and the last couple of weekends haven't produced anything of note - and if we don't have a cold snap soon the run up to the New Year could be a big non-event. But with the patch year list sitting on a healthy 103 there are a couple of notable omissions I'm still looking to add - KingfisherTreecreeper and Woodcock which could push that year list to new personal heights - with 104 being the number to beat. That's the beauty of having a personal target it's keeping me motivated and pushing me all the way until the end of the year, even if it is as dead as Dodo!

But looking back over the Autumn it was an exceptional period of time to be birding on Wanstead Flats, I personally added four patch ticks, all of which were real quality birds and wouldn't have looked out of place at the likes of Dungeness, Landguard or Portland - sometimes it's easy to forget where exactly the patch is situated, this is not some coastal peninsula but an urban piece of greenery in an highly populated part of East London with a few football pitches, a small lake, an ornamental pond, a couple copse's and pockets of long grass - but boy oh boy on its day it can give any of those big three locations a run for their money.

Those magic Autumn four...

7th September
Ortolan Bunting
Wanstead Flats

8th October
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wanstead Flats

8th October
White-fronted Geese
Wanstead Flats

29th October
Great Grey Shrike
Wanstead Flats

4 comments:

  1. anyone other than you and me see all 4?

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    2. Nick got 1, Bob got 2, James got 3 and you and I swept the board with the magic 4.

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    3. OK. Remember to mention that stat a lot on Friday.

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