Trip reports

Visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh
Part of the Group pass through some local residents [Photo: Peter Berrill]

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Grimsby Local Group had arrived just before us and kindly pointed out the locations of some of the birds already seen by them. Among them was the long staying glossy ibis and several pink-footed geese.

Sheltering from the strong wind on the leeward side of the Wash Trail overlooking the saltmarsh many curlew could be seen and distant male marsh harrier was hunting. Brief glimpses of a low flying merlin were also obtained from this vantage point.

Down on the reserve a peregrine chased a flock of wigeon across the wet grassland swooping up from under them making a grab for one but failing to hold on! After its exertions it settled on the grass for a rest in front of some farm buildings, giving us a good view through our scopes. At least two peregrine were present and later the warden informed us that a pair nested this summer on the 'Boston Stump' visible from the reserve, and raised three young.

Taking refuge from the wind in the 360 degree hide we found a couple of pintail loafing on the water and among gadwall, teal, shelduck and wigeon. Geese included Canada, greylag and brent. Waders encountered here were ring plover, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, redshank and ruff.

Returning to the Centre a single barnacle goose was picked out in a small flock of Canada geese and a stonechat perched in the hedgerow.

In total we saw 74 species on the day which included a late swallow seen by some of the group.

Peter and Lesley Berrill