GMT 14 – Chingford to Waltham Abbey

Looking back on yesterday’s walk I’m disappointed to find my photos rather bland.

Perhaps my Strava map will make for better viewing?

Most of the wiggles are intentional, as the Greenwich Meridian Trail isn’t supposed to be straight line, but rather an exploration of the landscape near the official meridian.

That spiked circle is the result of exploring for a photographic vista that I never found, and confusion trying to get on the correct route.

Having given up I found that my guide “The Walking Englishman” had got the route wrong, and I couldn’t carry on without traversing the correct path.

In all honesty the walking wasn’t the best, the route was frequently next to boring golf courses or along muddy bridle-paths.

Even so I had a good time.

Why was it so good?

Firstly I was away from all the Corona Virus frenzy.

Secondly I was covering “new” territory, and soaking up more than the puddles.

Thirdly I remembered my binoculars and recorded all the following species.

Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Geese, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Cormorant, Feral Pigeon, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Lapwing, Mallard, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Ring Neck Parakeet, Rook, Robin, Skylark, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer.

31 species.

I also heard numerous Woodpeckers (Great Spotted and Green) but didn’t actually see them.

My favourite sighting was the Grey Wagtail flitting along in Cobbins Brook.  It felt special to be in a suburban environment with a concrete walled waterway featuring such a pretty bird.

The stealth flight of a Sparrowhawk just 100 yards from the M25 was rather special too.




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