Naturelog: Friday 1st April

Posted: April 4, 2016 in Birds, Natural History
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A bright sunny day saw Keith and I off to the London Wetland Centre in search of summer migrants. On our arrival we made our way out via the sheltered lagoon as this is a favoured place for newly arrived small birds and were fortunate enough to find a Willow Warbler giving good views.

Sheltered Lagoon

Sheltered Lagoon


Willow Warbler. Photo by Keith

Willow Warbler.
Photo by Keith

From the end of the lagoon we were able to get distant views of the Kingfisher nest and one bird perched outside.

Kingfisher outside nest hole

Kingfisher outside nest hole

From the Wader scrape hide we were able to observe the Sand Martin nesting bank and watch as the early arrivals went backwards and forwards collecting material for their nests. But there was little else of note on the scrape. Moving onto the Tower hide we were immediately put onto a Water Pipit by some other birders who were watching it. It disappeared and after a short while appeared closer to the Tower and gave very good views. Unfortunately, it did not stay long enough to get a photo but as it flew off it appeared to be joined by a second bird so it is probable that we had actually seen 2 birds.

Water Pipit. Photo by Radovan Václav (

Water Pipit.
Photo by Radovan Václav (


After lunch we retraced our steps around the sheltered lagoon and located both Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap together with a confiding Wren.




Having made out made our way across to the other side of the reserve, the areas seemed quiet and so as the afternoon drew on we made our way back to the Tower and were able to get good views of a Common Snipe.

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

An excellent day



Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
PiedDSCN1049 Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Water Pipit [sp] (Anthus spinoletta)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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