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LOCALBIRDER – HEYBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS & CHIGBOROUGH LAKES
Wednesday 20th April 2016

We enjoyed a superb day visiting Heybridge Gravel pits during the morning where the highlights included three WHIMBREL including one very close on the estuary, plus lovely views of three CUCKOOS munching away at Brown-tail Moth caterpillars. Other goodies included two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, 900 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, KNOT, HOUSE MARTINS, SEDGE WARBLER, LESSER WHITETHROAT, great views of a CETTI’S WARBLER, SPARROWHAWK, COMMON BUZZARD, WHITETHROATS nesting and much more.

During the afternoon we ambled around the Chigborough Lakes area and had great sightings of two LESSER REDPOLL feeding in a Blackthorn hedge whilst the warm weather encouraged SPECKLED WOOD, PEACOCK, COMMA and ORANGE-TIP BUTTERFLIES out. Lovely views of the mixed nesting colony of LITTLE EGRETS, GREY HERONS and CORMORANTS were had before we visited another pit nearby where a stunning BLACK-NECKED GREBE and a LITTLE OWL were the highlights. The day concluded with a singing WILLOW WARBLER and LESSER WHITETHROAT.

A great day out with around 75 species seen on a lovely spring day!