WINTER BIRDING DAY at Fingringhoe Wick EWT Reserve January 2019

Submitted by EmmaPuffin on Sun, 03/02/2019 - 14:18

For the yearly joint Winter Birding Day event with local wildlife tour company Swallow Birding it was great to see so many people come out despite a far from favourable weather forecast for the day, and join the two guided walks with tour leader Steve Grimwade around the nature reserve.  

Over 40 people enjoyed views of waders and wildfowl that included Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet plus Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Kingfisher which delighted everyone!

The visitor centre was buzzing with people and by the end of the day, there were just a few crumbs of cake left in the catering area with the Cherry and Almond Scones, freshly baked that morning being a particular favourite.

Thanks to the staff and volunteers and all those who visited, for making the day a great success. We look forward to repeating the day again next year.

Appeal for Essex Bird Reports

Submitted by EmmaPuffin on Sun, 22/07/2018 - 13:08

We are currently looking for short papers on Essex birds for the 2016 and 2017 Essex Bird Reports. The paper can be on identification, a particular site or indeed anything bird related provided that Essex is involved. For examples of previous papers, please see old Reports. If anyone thinks they have something suitable please contact Simon Wood through the following email

Bird Migration Day at EWT Fingringhoe Wick

Submitted by 59qba on Sat, 02/09/2017 - 21:04

The yearly joint Bird Migration Day event with local wildlife tour company Swallow Birding was blessed with fantastic weather. During the day, tour leader Steve Grimwade led two walks down to the excellent intertidal area on the River Colne which two years ago was arable fields and is now a rich wildlife haven! 
Some wildlife highlights of the walks were three KINGFISHERS, HOBBY, COMMON BUZZARDS, LESSER & COMMON WHITETHROATS, GREENSHANK, HOBBY, TUNSTONE, BLACK & BAR-TAILED GODWITS, GREY & GOLDEN PLOVERS, DUNLIN, RINGED PLOVERS, REDSHANK and AVOCETS with many waders still in their resplendent breeding plumage which thrilled everyone. 
It was not just birds, as there were also RUDDY & COMMON DARTERS, MIGRANT & SOUTHERN HAWKERS, WILLOW EMERALD DAMSELFLY and LONG-WINGED CONEHEAD, a type of bush-cricket. 
The walks were very popular with around 50 people taking part.  
We’ve had excellent feedback regarding the event and look forward to repeating it in 2018!