Thursday, 29 September 2011

Walking and Talking

It’s the name of a new Channel 4 comedy apparently and it was being filmed on the patch today. It’s not the first time the patch has seen celebrity action. A couple of years ago we had Chris Packham and Simon King at an event at the Waterworks.

I even encountered Bill Oddie filming Cormorants on No.5 once, I got chatting to the production team and they asked if I would do a bit to camera, I was a bit reluctant ( still get recognized 25 years after doing a bit about a successful Little Bustard twitch on the BBC Nine O’clock News, the paps are hell!) but said I would do it, funnily enough Bill was even more reluctant, I suppose it was his program after all.

As you might have guessed no Birding for me today and, apart from a nearby Goshawk over Clapton, the patch is pretty quite. It will surely change when the weather breaks down....and I will be ready.

On this date: 29 09 07 A Whinchat in the Cow field on Walthamstow Marsh along with 5 Stonechats, another Stonechat on the North Marsh. 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap. A ‘commic’ Tern on No. 5 Reservoir. On the Filter Beds an adult presumed hybrid Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Dull pink legs and a stocky build together with a mantle between Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed in colour.

29 09 09 At 13:15 a Buzzard flew in low from the South at Middlesex Filter Beds and was mobbed mercilessly by Crows, it gained height moving off South but, presumably the same individual, went North at 13:30. A 2nd Buzzard seen going North-west over Walthamstow Marsh at 14:35 also came in from the South. At least 15 Chiffchaffs and a Meadow Pipit across the marsh today.

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