Fingringhoe Wick, November 2018

BLACKBOURNE U3A BIRDING GROUP VISIT TO THE ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST FINGRINGHOE WICK RESERVE

Thursday 8th November 2018

After a long traffic filled drive thirteen of us met in the reserve car park at 10am. The drive down from the village was strange for me as usually I have come in April and May when it is quite common to hear a few Nightingales even before you arrive at the reserve visitors centre. Alas, they will be long gone to warmer climes. Having said that, the weather for us was exceptional for the time of year, with continuous sunshine and very light winds.

After a customary coffee or hot chocolate we set off for Robbie’s hide whichoverlooks the recently opened intertidal area of the reserve. Before we had gone 20 yards from the visitor centre a Kingfisher was heard and briefly seen on the water filled gravel pit opposite the centre. We had the hide entirely to ourselves and lingered for almost an hour. Before us were large flocks of Avocets, Grey Plovers and Brent Geese. When the Avocets (approx. 150) took off and landed it was a magnificent sight as the sunshine illuminated their white plumage. A Dabchick came very close to the hide but spent a large amount of time underwater searching for small fish and crustaceans.

Next, we visited Geedon Bay hide where we saw more of the same. We then spent some time looking across the saltmarsh and saw numerous small and large flocks of waders, Ducks and Geese flying mostly up the estuary. Tony managed to spot another Kingfisher flying at breakneck speed away from one of the brackish ponds.

After a short walk we arrived back at the visitor’s centre and enjoyed a lightlunch. In total we saw 37 species of birds and heard 1.

Birds seen:
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Moorhen, Greenfinch, Kingfisher, Mallard, Teal, Goldfinch, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Pheasant, Brent Goose, Dabchick, Grey Lag Goose, Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Cormorant, Little Egret, Lapwing, Skylark, Grey Plover, Redshank, Carrion Crow, Curlew, Avocet, Wigeon, Linnet, Common Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Starling, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Great Crested Grebe.

Birds heard: Bullfinch

Dave Shearing