|Refugees from the frozen Continent, these Bewick's Swans will have|
originated in Russia and probably reached London via the Low Countries.
Next day saw a lunchtime dash to Rainham, where I met up with Bob Watts to score a Common Eider found by Andy Tweed, Phil Street and Dave Smith (it was a London tick for high-listing Bob). No sign of any of yesterday’s Pomarine Skuas, however, so it was straight back to the office to continue passing January’s Birdwatch for press.
But the party wasn’t over. Today an early morning alarm call from Bob saw me back in Alexandra Park watching a herd of seven Bewick’s Swans that he’d found in the half light - my second patch tick in three days. Three adult-types and four juveniles, they were an extraordinary sight against the backdrop of suburban north London. It turns out that at least 51 Bewick’s Swans were seen in London today, the largest group being 27 which dropped down on the Thames briefly in Aveley Bay; our birds headed off north at 10:28 am. Whatever next?
|This Aythya hybrid shows characters suggestive of both Tufted Duck|
and Common Pochard - or is another species involved?
206. Common Eider.
Rainham patchlist 2010 update:
157. Common Eider.
Alexandra Park Patchlist 2010 update:
87. Reed Bunting.
89. Bewick's Swan.