BTO Waterbird Count

Spike in Shoveler numbers

As expected, the coordinated waterbird counts for the Wanstead Park lakes, Hollow Pond (Whipp’s Cross) and Eagle Pond (Snaresbrook) conducted on Sunday 8 March for the British Trust for Ornithology showed that most of our wintering wildfowl have now gone. That said, a count of 56 Gadwall in the Park is still an impressive figure, …

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Top Gadwall site in London

Forgive me if I keep going on about Gadwall in the Wanstead area, but if you have something good why not shout about it? After numbers steadily climbed during the autumn I did wonder whether last year’s record total would be bested. Well, it has been. The fine efforts of Dan and Nick on Saturday …

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Pochard numbers hit new heights

Last winter, Wanstead Park attracted record numbers of Gadwall. This year it seems to have hit the jackpot with Pochard. In recent years, this duck has adopted a habit of arriving in early September – before the build-up of other winter wildfowl, with numbers then thinning as the autumn progresses. This year they started arriving …

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