Saturday, 5 January 2019

Opening the Account

After writing off my New Years Day birding plans due to the late night celebrations and a sore head that lasted most of the day - hangovers seem to last longer these days! Today was my first outing on the patch. Having met up with Jono just after first light and in little under 4 hours and a big circuit of the Flats and Park we amassed a reasonable 54 Species - which is about par for the course.

There were quite a few omissions from the list (Kestrel, Stonechat, Song ThrushSkylark, TreecreeperPochard etc, etc) so lots to keep me occupied in the coming weeks, highlights on the walk round were few and far between but catching up with Firecrest in Bush Wood was nice and yet another 1st-winter Caspian Gull (this time on Jubilee Pond) was also an unexpected bonus.

I'll do well to match the heady heights and the quality of birds we had in 2018 on the patch but I'm happy to plug away and let's see what turns up...

1st-Winter, Wanstead, London

1st-Winter, Wanstead, London

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