Trip reports

RSPB COACH TRIP REPORT TO FRAMPTON MARSH 15th april 2018

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 15 April 2018

With an early start we eagerly awaited for Jay and Kay coaches to pick us up from Bexleyheath. Once on board we steadied our way to Peterborough services for a quick comfort break. We were soon on our way to RSPB Frampton Marsh. On arrival we were soon looking over the fields at what we thought could be two spoonbills but once the scopes were trained on them they were a pair of little egrets. Once refreshed with coffee and tea we made our way anti clockwise to the 360 degree hide stopping at the view point to look at ten whimbrels in the fields with much discussion about whether they were curlews or whimbrels and we also had great views of a skylark singing overhead and watching it parachute to the ground.
Once inside the hide you could pick up the vibes as people were moving from side to look at the little ringed plover and the ringed plover and explaining the differences between them. There were great views of ruff, dunlin, black tailed godwits and redshank just to name a few with some of the godwits in their summer plumage.
Moving on to the Reed- bed Hide we were now all looking at a number of gulls flying and it was not long before some of the gulls were identified as little gulls flying around amongst the hundreds of noisy black headed gulls.
Walking to the East hide for lunch a nice male reed bunting showed well on the grass by one of the outfalls along with another skylark silhouetted in the sky clearly showing the crest. East hide did not disappoint us with avocet, wigeon and then a ruff that almost came into the hide.
After lunch we made our way back to the visitors centre where we were told that if walked along the grassland trail that there may be the possibility of some little brown jobs. Blackcaps and robins could soon be heard singing in the thicket and then the eagled eyes were soon chasing a very small bird thought to be a goldcrest but to the surprise of us all it was a beautiful firecrest- a life tick for many of the group.
Once news had got back to the visitors centre the path became busier than the M25. A great day was had by all and with a total count of 76 birds RSPB Frampton Marsh did not disappoint us.