Abberton Reservoir October 2018

ABBERTON RESERVOIR – THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

Eight of the group visited this Essex WLT, a site we had not visited for a long while, since when it has been developed and matured somewhat with a good centre funded by Essex & Suffolk Water.

The weather was sunny and warm but with a stiff breeze which made ID difficult with the birds bobbing up and down and the sun in our eyes. This was from the hides looking south but we moved round to the bay hide, sheltered from the wind and the sun behind us. En route there were several skylarks but other lbjs were non existent apart from a charm or two of goldfinches feeding on thistle heads.

The bay hide provided the best sightings, the star players being pintail and great egrets. We had a chance to compare great and small egrets when a great was trying to rob his smaller cousin of a crayfish. Fred captured this on camera.

A meagre total of 27 species were seen: (in no particular order)
Kestrel, Skylark, Starling, Brent goose, Greylag g, Canada g, Lapwing, Shoveller, Carrion crow, Little egret, Great egret, Cormorant, Tufted duck, Coot, Pied wagtail, Pochard, Black tailed godwit, Black headed gull, Mute swan, Gt crested grebe, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Mallard, Gadwall, Pintail, Wigeon, Grey heron.

Bryann Ward