Trip reports

Tollesbury Wick and Abberton Reservoir

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

6 People made the trip to Tollesbury Wick which lays between Tollesbury Fleet and the Blackwater estuary. The path takes us along the top of the sea wall out to shingle spit point,where the war time fortification are,and follows the estuary then back inland to the village,we only went to the point and back.

The highlights of the morning were the large flocks of Avocet , Grey Plover , Golden Plover and Oyster catcher,that were on the islands.In the fields and ditches were Canada, Grey and Brent geese, with Black tailed godwit, Grey heron, Curlew and Snipe. A marsh harrier few across the fields. By the time we had reached the point the tide was at its highest, there were three Slavonian grebe off the point. A Barn owl was flying low over the fields, and the best was to come when all the birds took to air wheeling around and landing on the strips of shingle island that were left,a lot of the plovers had landed in the fields all chattering away,waiting for the tide to go out again.

After all that we made our way back to the car park for a late lunch, a quick bit and a dash to the new causeway and old one at Abberton,great view of starling and crow/jackdaw roost just as the sun set.

List :- House sparrow, pied wagtail,little egret,jay,goldfinch,wood pigeon,collard dove,blue tit, mallard,redshank,starling,black headed gull,jackdaw,mute swan,robin,wren,lapwing,teal,wigeon,shoveler, black-tailed godwit.oyster catcher,brent geese,grey heron,greylag geese,curlew,kingfisher,lesser black backed gull, blackbird, dunlin,long-tailed tit,reed bunting,avocet, grey plover, carrion crow, meadow pipit, redwing, canada geese, cormorant, great crested grebe, skylark, turnstone, golden plover, marsh harrier, kestrel, sanderling, barn owl, (slavonian grebe), great black backed gull, little grebe, snipe.
Birds at Abberton causeway: Tufted duck, coot, pochard, chaffinch, moorhen, and another kingfisher.( 56).