Last year on Walthamstow, the first Pied Flycatcher turned up on the 29th of April during the 5th Annual Walthamstow Patch Watch day (a female on the central path of the reservoirs). Then that was it for 2017.
Fast forward to Autumn 2018 and we’ve had a definite 5 (possibly 7 but could be same birds) all in the same spot - the front paddocks of the Lee Valley Riding Centre.
On the 13th of August, J-P Elmes, Matt Cunningham, Sue and Mark observed at least 3 separate birds on the front paddocks.
And, on the 3rd of September Mark and Lol observed at least 2 separate birds on the front paddocks.
Also on the southern side the patch were Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler in the WaterWorks Nature Reserve.
As was a juvenile rat.
With an eye on the patch year list, we’re currently on 146. Better than 2016 (143), 2015 (141) and 2014 (139). Our patch average is 146.6, so we just need to find two fifths or 40% of a FOY bird to beat the average before the year is out.