Trip reports

Coach trip to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Essex

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Having set off from London in weak spring sunshine, we were rather dismayed to arrive at our first stop (Abberton Reservoir) in the middle of a hail storm! Fortunately, this passed relatively quickly and a few hardy members of the party spent a few minutes scanning from the causeway in the blustery wind. Unfortunately, the winter-like weather had caused most of the birds to seek shelter elsewhere. We quickly decided to follow suit and headed over to the Essex Wildlife Trust's Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve, our main destination for the day.

We were particularly hoping to see various spring migrants, especially the nightingale for which the reserve is famous. However, our hopes weren't particularly high as only a couple of days before there had still not been any confirmed reports...

Arriving at the visitor centre, we were therefore delighted to hear that they definitely now had nightingales on-site, with one male even being heard from the car park earlier that morning. Most of the group, therefore decided to set of round the various bits of scrub and woodland to see which warblers we could find. By the end of the day, most of the group had at least heard nightingale and a few lucky soles had managed to catch a brief glimpse of one too!

The sightings were by no means limited to warblers though, with large numbers of curlew in evidence on the scrapes and salt marsh (presumably birds stopping off to feed up on their way north to breed), as well as a few lingering waterfowl (wigeon, teal, etc.).

All-in-all, a great day out, especially given the inauspicious start, with over 70 species recorded by the group (click link for the full list).