Sunday, 29 May 2016

Fingringhoe Wick

Spent most of Friday at Essex Wildlife Trust's brilliant Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve. The weather was kind to me with sunshine most of the time and only a light breeze. I heard a Nightingale singing as I drove in and there were at least ten singing males as I walked around the reserve. Turtle Doves were harder to find, but I did manage to hear two purring away with one showing distantly on the other side of Old Meadow. Other highlights included a Lesser Whitethroat gathering nesting material, a single Hobby and Buzzard and a pair of Long-tailed Tits busily feeding their young high up in a gorse.

Long-tailed Tit feeding young

Long-tailed Tit feeding young

Long-tailed Tit feeding young
Other species seen included lots of damselflies mainly Azure, Large Red and a few Blue-tailed. Four-spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies were seen around the ponds. And a number of interesting bugs!

Gorse Shieldbug

Gorse Shieldbug

Large Red Damselflies

Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing

Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing

Arge melanochra Argid Sawfly

Soldier Beetle Cantharis rustica