Abberton Reservoir and Heybridge GP – 02/05/15

The day started off with me volunteering at Abberton Reservoir along with around 13 or so 11-18 year olds, being 19 I’m kind of second in command but during the afternoon I was actually left in charge for the first time which was interesting since everyone had a pair of shears each and the younger ones were pretty hyper, anyway we’ll gloss over that. During the day I saw my first lot of Swifts of the year, around 40 odd up above the visitors centre, I also heard my first Willow Warbler of the year and the always amazing singing Nightingale. After I had finished volunteering I met up with Steve (@bitterbirder) and we had a short trip to one of the causeways and heard more Nightingales, Chiffchaff and a Cuckoo which we luckily managed to latch our eyes onto as soon as it started cuckooing. It was pretty windy and cold so we decided to move onto Heybridge Gravel Pits in the hope of getting some more Cuckoos and warblers. The conditions weren’t much better and the light was terrible but we managed to see Sedge Warbler (as well as hearing many more), Whitethroat, Common Tern, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Brent Geese and Linnet along side all the other common suspects, as usual we heard plenty of Cetti’s Warbler but no sightings. We had prolonged views of one Cuckoo as well as a constant calling one which stayed out of sight and 2 more just in flight. By far the best year for me so far for seeing Cuckoos.

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