May 162022
 
Fingringhoe Wick Trip Report

Eleven of the group met at this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve on the River Colne.  After several windy days we were met beautiful sunny day with an almost cloudless sky.   This reserve has a mix of habitats including woodland, scrub, marsh and a relatively new intertidal area where the river wall was breached to allow […]

May 012022
 
Dawn Chorus 2022 trip report

Seventeen of us met up at 6am on 1st May at Cliffe church car park for our ‘dawn chorus’ walk on InternationalDawnChorusDay. To be honest, dawn was a bit earlier with sunrise at 5:30am but nevertheless as we walked down on Pickles Way we were soon surrounded by bird song. With blackbird, robin and wren […]

May 292018
 
Conyer Creek and Oare Marshes

After the thunder storms of Saturday night it was a relief to wake up to much brighter weather on Sunday morning.   Ten members of the group arrived with eager anticipation of migrants with nightingale and turtle dove high on the list.   The site of Conyer is an old brick works and I was […]

May 052018
 
Dawn Chorus

Waking up at 4am is not everyone’s idea of weekend enjoyment but that was 9 of us did last Sunday to enjoy the dawn chorus at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. With sunrise at 5:30am it was still a dark gloom as we listened to our first songster of the day: a mistle thrush singing from […]

Apr 272017
 
Cliffs Pools dawn chorus report

Myself and nine others met in the pre dawn twilight outside Cliffe church. As we made our way down Pond Hill we were greeted by the pre-dawn songsters: wren, blackbird & robin which were soon joined by song thrush with its repeated phrases. A cuckoo called but was not seen in gloom and we continued […]

May 102016
 
Dawn chorus report

It is never easy to leave a comfortable bed at 4 o’clock in the morning to go on a dawn chorus walk, but myself and nine others stealed ourselves and were rewarded with a memorable start to the day.  This year’s dawn chorus took place 3 weeks later in the season than that from last […]

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