Wanstead Patchwork: Part XIV (Day of the warblers)

In John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novel, Day of the Triffids, some pretty advanced plants take over the world as the vast majority of humans are blinded by a comet shower.

It felt a little bit like warblers were taking over the patch this weekend. The summer migrants are everywhere. Aside from Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, and Blackcap, this weekend I added Whitethroat (I had heard one last weekend but didn’t add it to my patch year list because of the risk of Blackcap mimicry), Lesser Whitethroat (my first ever in London), Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler (heard only), and Wood Warbler (world life first for me).

The Wood Warbler sighting was a special event for London, let alone the patch (with it being a patch life tick for most of the local birders). Whilst I didn’t get any photos of this stunningly bright warbler, several others did and I fully recommend checking out their photos here, here, and here.

Along with a Common Sandpiper on one of the parkland lakes, that little haul took me to 80 bird species on the patch so far this year (Nick has already broken 100!)

In other local news…
The Wren conservation Group arranged one of their excellent skylark walks to help educate dog-walkers why keeping their canine pals on leads around the breeding site is so important. They were in the distance when a Whinchat posed briefly near them…

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)

If it isn’t the day of the warblers, then it must be the day of the bees (although my glib comment is perhaps stupid given how under threat bees are in the UK). Bees now active on the patch include:

Female Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) visiting White Nettle Lamium album)

Female Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) visiting White Nettle Lamium album)

Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)*

Western Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Western Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

And, my now regular image of Spring…

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

*Note: Tree Bumblebees were first recorded in the UK only 14 years ago!


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