Colin's Wickford Wanderings - 2021
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Next Meeting - Abberton Reservoir - 28th November 2021
Our next outdoor meeting will take place on Sunday 28th November with a bird watching trip to Abberton Reservoir. This site has been constantly in the news this year, firstly with the first ever nesting Spoonbills in Essex and lately with an impressive list of water birds, including both Slavonian and Red-Necked Grebes, Long Tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Great and Cattle Egrets, and even a Puffin! Who knows what might turn up on the day. This is a large site and we are likely to be out for most of the day visiting the various areas, so a packed lunch is recommended, although there is a very good cafe on site!
Meet in Wickford Central Car Park at 9.00am
What's about in Wickford?
It does not yet feel like winter is here, with the weather being very mild and some insects quite active. We had a Red Admiral in the garden today (12th November) and Bees were flying around too. I even saw Damselflies hatching when I was fishing this week. I suppose we will get a cold snap eventually and all of this activity will end until next spring. More normally, I have had reports of Redwings being seen in various places around Wickford - lets hope it is another good winter for them and their cousins the Fieldfare. It is also worth checking out any finches on the garden feeders as it looks like it has been a good year for Bramblings on the continent and there are good numbers being reported around the country. You may also be lucky and see a Siskin which are also on the move at this time of year. If you do see any of these or any other interesting wildlife, please let me know, especially if you have any photographs.
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