Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Twenty Four Patch Possibilities

Last weekend I hit a little milestone when I added Garganey to the patch list - this was my 140th bird on the patch at Wanstead, and this got me thinking. I would dearly love to reach the 150 mark but trying to add 10 new birds isn't as easy you might think for this urban London site, however, given time and a little bit of luck over the next few years it might just be possible...that's if they don't all turn up on Birthday's, Anniversary's or Mother's Days!

So I've listed 24 possibilities that have been recorded at Wanstead in the last decade that could get me too or over the 150.
  1. Grasshopper Warbler (2 recent records, the most recent being a singing bird in the Old Sewage Works on the 14th April 2015)
  2. Kittiwake (4 recent records, 1 on Wanstead Flats on the 7th January 2014 being the most recent)
  3. Curlew (3 recent records, with one over the Flats on the 8th March 2014 being the most recent)
  4. Mandarin Duck (3 recent records, last recorded on the 30th March 2014 on Heronry Lake in the Park)
  5. Osprey (3 recent records, last recorded on the 13th April 2016 flying over Esso Copse)
  6. Crossbill (4 recent records, with a single bird on the 31st July 2015 over the Flats being the last record)
  7. Stone Curlew (2 recent records, last recorded 24th March 2013 over the SSSI)
  8. Turtle Dove (1 recent record of a bird on Wanstead Flats on the 19th May 2010)
  9. Dunlin (5 recent records, the last being recorded on Perch Pond 1st March 2018)
  10. Dartford Warbler (1 recent record in the Broom Fields on the 31st October 2009)
  11. Wood Sandpiper (2 recent records, one on Angel Pond on the 19th April 2011 being the last record)
  12. Oystercatcher (2 heard only recent records, last recorded over the Flats on 23rd October 2013)
  13. Marsh Harrier (5 recent records, last recorded 26th March 2018 over Jubilee)
  14. Honey Buzzard (a single bird over the Flats on the 23rd September 2000)
  15. Merlin (4 recent records, last recorded on 28th November 2016 over Alexandra Lake)
  16. Ringed Plover (1 recent record, 3 birds flying over the Fairground on the 26th April 2015)
  17. Redshank (3 recent records, with one over the SSSI on the 27th April 2015 being the last recorded)
  18. Greenshank (4 recent records, 2 birds on the 10th May 2016 over Alex were the last recorded)
  19. Whimbrel (3 recent records, a flock 33 birds over the Flats on 23rd April 2012 being the last recorded)
  20. Water Pipit (2 recent records, one on Alexandra Lake on the 21st October 2018 being the most recent)
  21. Rock Pipit (2 recent records, with one on the 16th October 2018 over the Flats being the most recent)
  22. Raven (A single record of a bird flying over the Flats on the 24th May 2016)
  23. Cattle Egret (1 recent record of a single bird over the Brooms on the 4th November 2018)
  24. Grey Plover (A single record from the Flats on the 9th February 2012)
Reeling, Rainham, RSPB, London
This would be a welcome sight and sound...especially after missing the Grasshopper Warbler in the Old Sewage Works in April 2015




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