Trip reports

Frampton Marsh RSPB

Frampton Marsh RSPB
Spoonbill - Steve Settle

Saturday, 8 June 2019

From the car park and information centre we started with walk down hedgerow towards turtle dove watch point.
Almost the first bird of the day was a marsh harrier gliding over putting up numerous lapwings. In the hedgerow were blackcap, great tit, blackbird, wren chaffinch and goldfinch while a few sedge warbler made song in the grasses around one of the pools, accompanied by skylarks and meadow pipits.
At the watchpoint there were plenty of woodpigeon and carrion crows but no sign of turtle dove.

We continued to walk around perimeter but most of the wetland had dried up giving home to only a few mallards and lapwings, and a couple of little egret in one of the channels.
Swifts and swallows buzzed over the fields and the hedgerow provided sightings of yellowhammer, whitethroat, great tit, and long-tailed tit, while a couple of stock doves flew over and a family of magpies made their presence known.
As we reached the raised sea defence embankment there was a little more water present, and consequently a few more birds. Quite a few avocets waded around feeding, and a couple of oystercatchers probed for food. On the water were a few shelduck, and some mute swans. A grey heron flew over, and beyond the sea defence a couple of dunlin scurried about and in the distance a small flock of knot swirled around. A number of black-headed gulls were joined by a lesser black-backed gull, and a flock of starlings moved around the marshes.
On the inner pools a distant spoonbill swept its bill through the water feeding, a few common terns rested on the mud, and in various places redshank, black-tailed godwit, and a few ringed plover rested.

Following lunch, we followed the Reedbed and Wash trails which gave us sightings of Canada geese, pochard, tufted duck, shoveler, coot, moorhen, little grebe, and red crested pochard, on the waters, and reed warbler, and house martin in the margins.
We returned to the information centre to find a little ringed plover, but unfortunately the black necked grebe must have seen us coming and sailed out of view.
A very nice day, spoiled a bit by the wind, but what should have been a coach trip last year was turned into a car trip this year, was well worth the visit

52 species, 6 attended