We struggle for good autumn migrants on the patch. Wanstead seems to pull in all the Redstarts and Pied Flys. So when David, Paul and Lol found a Spotted Flycatcher in the sheltered area along the central path, I made sure I paid it a visit the following day. Surprisingly it was still there and joined by two others. Rarely sitting out in the open the birds stayed within cover for most of the time I watched them.
David had seen a Wheatear on the Lockwood and a few common warblers, as well as five or so Swift feeding over Banbury. A group of mostly juvenile Gulls on the causeway between number four and five reservoirs held a nice Yellow-Legged and Great Black-backed, both juveniles. The Yellow Leg stayed out of camera range and is the third juvenile I’ve seen this year.
Juvenile Great-Black back
Goldcrests seem to have bred on in or near the pub carpark this bird and several juveniles were in a tit flock nearby the other day.