Saturday 12 April 2014
Swallows over the racecourse
A few hours spent around Hackney Marshes and the racecourse this morning was fairly uneventful but pleasant nonetheless. Five Swallows were hawking for insects over the racecourse, where a male Kestrel flushed a rather late Snipe and two Skylarks were in full song. Warblers at the marshes included seven Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler (no Reed or Sedge Warblers yet) and two male Reed Buntings were holding territory. Overhead a Sparrowhawk caused brief panic amongst the songbirds and two Ravens were soaring on thermals.