Trip reports

Walk at Walthamstow Reservoirs

Walk at Walthamstow Reservoirs
Debbie Burkett

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Tajinder, our Guided Walks Leader, briefly described the walk as follows:-

"A total of 30 people were interested in the walk, but unfortunately I had to turn away quite a few, most of these were potential newcomers who saw the advert in the local Waltham Forest News.

I always welcome newcomers, but group numbers need to be manageable otherwise breakaway groups are formed and only people at the front can hear the leader. So apologies to all those I turned away.

We had two good things on our side, the weather and Roy Woodward who agreed to lead my walk at the last minute, particularly as we had 17 people in attendance. We had a total group list of 51 birds, very impressive!

The highlights included: short eared owl and kingfisher in the car park before we set off. We also had greater and lesser black backed gulls and herring gulls. There were teal, pochard, shelduck, shoveler, goldeneye and gadwall on some of the reservoirs.
Some of us had fleeting glimpses of meadow pipit, brambling, redwing, grey wagtail, ring necked parakeet and siskin.

Thanks to Cliff and the other staff at the Walthamstow Reservoirs, the staff were very welcoming and accommodating."

[Ed: We were standing in the car park - sorting out the day permits - when someone called that a raptor was being mobbed by crows above us. The raptor looked a little strange and suddenly I realised that the head was owl-shaped!
I couldn't believe it when Roy identified it as a short-eared owl - only my second sighting of this bird and my first 'London' short-eared owl. It is unusual enough that the report of its sighting soon appeared on various bird websites!
Thanks to the walk participants who were happy for me to take their photo - sorry I didn't get you all in the photo.]

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