Monday, 29 April 2013

Fingringhoe Wick

14th April 2013

It's a long time since I visited Fingringhoe Wick. We normally go there during the winter to see the waders on the estuary and birds of prey over the saltmarsh, but today Stuart and I decided to pay a visit in the hope of early spring migrants. As we drove through Fingringhoe village I could see a couple of starling-like birds sitting on the wires and a cursory glance revealed that they were indeed Waxwings. Not a bad start to the day.

The Wick itself was very quiet with very few migrants in just yet, although we did manage to stand and listen to a Nightingale just 10 yards away but, typically, totally hidden from view. The estuary at high tide was also uncharacteristically quiet with hardly any waders at all. As we were about to leave, a glance over the wall by the car park revealed a Red-legged Partridge strutting up the field.

Now back to Abberton before heading home and just as well that we did because, since earlier in the day when we stopped here for breakfast, a couple of stunning Yellow Wagtails had appeared and were busy feeding by the waters edge. That'll do nicely!!

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