05 08 15 A leisurely start paid off today, though it nearly didn't, Jonathan and I arrived at the Reservoirs after 11:00 and were greeted with a padlocked gate on the Northern side, it's really annoying when the contractors put the padlock on the wrong side of the fence, I have been locked in once, albeit briefly. This actually turned out to be a good thing as it happened. We wandered down to the North end of the East Warwick and the first bird we clapped eyes on was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull perched up on the tower, it took us a while to convince ourselves what we were seeing, (there were numerous local juvenile Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls to compare it to) but only because it shouldn't be that easy, comments welcome if we're duping ourselves.
There were a few Common Sandpipers and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover on the South end. At the bottom of the West Warwick a Pied Flycatcher was the star in in with a large selection of Warblers including a few Garden Warblers, Sedge and Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats etc.
Two more Common Sandpipers were on No.5. Near the Marine engine house another large Warbler flock included a few Goldcrests and more Blackcaps.
After some sustenance at the Ferry Boat we had a quick look halfway up the Lockwood but apart from at least 11 Common Sandpipers together, and possibly a couple of others there was nothing else of note, certainly not the 6 Dunlin that Lol B had this morning.
We had remarked how remarkable it was not to have a single Raptor all day when a Sparrowhawk flew over as we approached the car park.
The yearlist grinds on, now up to 121, though we still seem to be trailing our friends over at the Doggy Caliphate Nice to steal London's first Autumn Pied Flycatcher from them though:-)