30th March 2016
The intention today was to combine Abberton Reservoir with Fingringhoe Wick. Expectations were not too high because of the time of year with most of the winter birds having already returned north and the summer migrants yet to arrive.
In fact to only action at Abberton, apart from breakfast and a cup of tea, was a displaying pair of Great Crested Grebes and a posing Pied Wagtail. Of the wildfowl collection the only duck worthy of mention was a rather fine drake Red-crested Pochard, although it was not clear whether it was a wild bird or on holiday from Colchester Zoo. Unfortunately, it seemed rather tame.
So on to Fingringhoe in the hope of some waders on the incoming tide. Well, if anything Fingringhoe was quieter than Abberton, but luckily I stopped for a quick look at the Adder bank. At first the bank appeared bare, but as you got your eye in there was not one or two but three Adders all coiled up enjoying the rather weak afternoon sun. That alone was well worth the visit.