First up was the Osprey on the 28th September, a welcome patch tick and was just the 4th record at Wanstead in recent times.
- One early morning over the Flats on the 7th September 2011
- One over the Flats on the 8th April 2014
- A single bird reported on the 13th April 2016 over the Esso Copse
|Yes...that is an Osprey|
- One over the Old Sewage Works on the 8th May 2011
- One from the Lake House scrub on the 26th August 2012
- One on the 20th March 2013
- A juvenile over Long Wood on the 27th August
- A female circling over Jubilee Pond on the 5th October 2018
|From the heavily cropped photos it look as this bird was 1st-winter or female Marsh Harrier|
And just to add to the record shot bonanza, here's the Jack Snipe I found on the 5th October, not a patch tick but a year tick this time and only my 3rd ever record at Wanstead. This was the 8th record for the patch of this scarce winter visitor.
- One on Heronry on the 26th October 1979
- One on Alexandra Lake on the 5th February 2012
- One near Alexandra Lake on the 29th September 2013
- One near Alexandra Lake on the 23rd September 2014
- One on Angel Pond on the 6th December 2014
- One on Alexandra Lake on the 22nd October 2016
- A bird flew onto Jubilee Pond on the 27th February 2018
As it currently stands my Wanstead list now sits on 144 with the Year List moving onto 105. I thought I wouldn't top last years 109 but as we enter the last weeks of autumn and head into the final winter months of 2019 - can I get five more ticks to get me 110? Well...If the last couple of weeks are anything to go by then I've got every chance.