Friday, 16 September 2011

Extreme vis-migging

Lower pic - the Lee Valley from Tower 42 - Walthamstow, the Girling, the George and beyond.

I’m not keen on heights but as Tower 42 is now only the 5th tallest building in London, at 600 feet, I thought I’d give it a go. We clambered up various steps and ladders onto level 47, the very top, with a splendid all-round view of London for a session of watching for visible bird migration over the city.

Everything looks very small from up there!  No doubt, the more eyes looking the better, but in 4 hours we recorded the following: 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 4 Sparrowhawks, 2 Peregrines, 5 Cormorants, 1 House Martin, 10 Swallows, 1 green balloon, 1 blue balloon, 1 Tesco bag and 5 flies.

An excellent morning that showed the potential if you could hit the right day. Many thanks to David Lindo for organising it all (as detailed here) and to the tolerant Tower 42 security guys for putting up with us.

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