Trip reports

Group Outing to RSPB Frampton Marsh 20/3/2016

Group Outing to RSPB Frampton Marsh 20/3/2016
Brent Geese RSPB Frampton Marsh Robert Haigh

Sunday, 20 March 2016

At 8.00 am on a cloudy and cool morning we left Springwood for the approx. 3 hour journey to RSPB Frampton Marsh, arriving at 10.45 am to a bright and sunny day. First bird seen for the coach park was an adult Peregrine perched on a fence post were it remained for most of the day. It was later seen hunting and catching prey. Also seen here were some swans including a Whooper, our first Brent Geese and some waders Inc. Curlew and Lapwing. Across to the visitor centre, here there was close views of Goldfinch and Yellow Hammer, lots of gulls, mainly Black Headed, but Med Gull had been seen, wildfowl Inc. Teal and Widgeon, Avocets were also seen from here and the 360 Hide. Also at the 360 hide we saw the main flocks of Geese mainly Dark Bellied Brent, but also a few Canadas, Grey Lags and 2 Barnacles. Waders were also seen from here mainly Redshanks and Ruff, also gulls Inc. Lesser black backed and a Juvenile Little Gull Also seen from here were some ducks including Shoveler and Gadwall. Next the Reed bed Hide, from here we finally saw the Mediterranean Gull amongst the many Black Headed there was also a single Common Gull and 2 Ringed Plovers. The East Hide gave us closer views of the Brent Geese and Plovers. Lapwings were seen all over the reserve. Other species seen by some people were Common Sandpiper, Little and Great Crested grebes and Little Egret and Hen Harrier and the only mammal a Hare from the car park. By the time we left at 4.30 pm the clouds had rolled in and the wind had picked up making it feel much cooler, but it had been an excellent day with 50 species seen. We arrived back at Springwood at 7.25 pm.