Trip reports

Field Trip - RSPB Frampton Marsh

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Sunday, 29 March 2015

This reserve is getting to be quite a favourite with our members, which isn't really surprising when you take a look at their bird list over the years. Situated on the edge of The Wash, near Boston, it's one of the best wetlands for wildlife in Europe. With lots of different habitats to explore, this gem can turn up just about anything.....and, despite the initially poor weather, it did!

First up was a poor bedraggled Barn Owl perched on a fence post just by the side of the road as we approached Frampton. Unfortunately, the rain had started on our way down and had drenched the Barn Owl by the time we got there. With the heavens having opened and gale force winds mixed with hail, making for the nearest hide seemed to be on most people's minds.

Numbers of waders and geese were pretty good with Pink-footed, Greylag, Canada and Brent Geese - the latter also having the dark-bellied variety mixed in. Ducks included Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Mallard. A wide variety of waders was present including Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Greenshank and Turnstone - quite a list! Gulls seen were Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, the 'not so common' Common Gull and a Mediterranean Gull.

A few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits put on a show in the surrounding grassland areas when the sun came out giving us a glorious afternoon and another Barn Owl was spotted just down from the Visitor Centre, probably drying off from the morning's soaking. Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Redwing fed in the hedges, along with mixed flocks of Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit and Chiffchaff. Finches seen were Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet with buntings represented by Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.

Even though we got wet, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. The number and variety of birds here never fails to please. Definitely one to revisit in the future at another time of the year, because there's always something to see.

46 people attended
81 species seen