Following the blustery day at Rainham Marshes, the following day was calm, sunny and reasonably mild. The plan was to visit Fingringhoe Wick and Abberton Reservoir.
Fingringhoe is on the Colne esturary and can attract a range of wintering ducks and waders. There was also still a long-staying Glossy Ibis which eluded me so we’ll skip over that one.
Most action came from the esturary. There were 18 red-breasted Mergansers on the water with small flocks of Brent geese. Avocets, curlews, knots and dunlins ferried back and forth with redshanks and lapwings adding their voices to the scene. A single Slavonian Grebe drifted slowing up river providing another highlight.
Upon arriving at the reservoir, I was a little surprised to find so much land management work going on. A new visitor centre and re-profiling of the reservoir is all taking shape. Fortunately, this hasn’t affected the quality of the birds.
|Roy King Hide, Abberton Reservoir|