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Wanstead Birder · 2h ago

Sprung

This morning I did not even see a Swift. Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat were both singing, but the only movement on Wanstead Flats was newly-fledged Starling accompanying their parents...
Wanstead Birder · 1d ago

A veritable procession

I went to Rainham today for the third time in as many weeks, the place is on fire at the moment. Before you say it, it was not for a Gull. Had it been I would not be confessing on here, no, ...
Wanstead Birder · 6d ago

Nearly over

You feel that it is just about over. Spring I mean. The last few sorties on the patch have produced essentially the same birds, there is nothing moving. I am holding out hope of spring Spott...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Ditch of Dreams

The Whinchats were fantastic, but look what else was in this ditch! Yes, Great Reed Warblers, and lots of them. At one part of the ditch there were about five or six birds in a very small ...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Predictions

"And a Black-winged Stilt must drop in one of these days surely?"I wrote this yesterday, idly wondering what new species might propel my Rainham list to the magic 200. Today I popped over th...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Back on the Rainham tick trail

Once upon a time I used to bird Rainham Marshes. Predominantly this was in the carefree days of gainless unemployment - bird reserves are a magnet for the jobless and retired, or so my local...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

Of Whinchats and Wheatears

How good are Whinchats? I mean, just how wonderful are spring Whinchats? I remember the first time I saw one on Wanstead Flats, and my initial thought was that it was some kind of exotic esc...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

Cyprus Trip Report, April 2017

LogisticsA 3 day trip to Cyprus in mid April in order to give both child and parent a nice break in some warm sunshine, and to improve upon photographs of Cyprus Pied Wheatear by applying ...
Wanstead Birder · 3W ago

The weekend delivers

On Friday I tweeted that I was fully expecting at least 6 ticks the following day. I got just one, a Yellow Wagtail that I didn't even see. I was disappointed that the morning just hadn't li...
Wanstead Birder · 3W ago

High Hopes

High hopes dashed! Once again a story of unrewarded effort, unrequited dreams. Out before 6am, and four hours on the patch produced one single year tick, an invisible Yellow Wagtail. Hardly ...