I felt the need to get away from Warwickshire and the local birding scene, so this morning, I set the alarm for 0300hrs and headed out to one of my favourite reserves - Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire. I didn't expect to see the White Rumped Sandpiper which hadn't been reported since early yesterday morning, but I did wonder if the Glossy Ibis would show. It didn't - but returned after I had gone! It was nice to see the Sun rise over the marsh but it did cause problems viewing east. I walked to the East Hide to ensure the Sun was at my back but only the expected birds were to be found and distant, of course. Realising that I had left my mobile in the car, I walked around the reed bed path back to the car park, hoping Corn Bunting would be showing or calling but again no luck. Picking up my phone, checking for messages, don't know why because hardly anyone contacts me, I headed to the 360 hide which I had to myself and spent the rest of my time here. I was well set up as the Sun moved around but my solitude was to be short lived. A rather noisy group arrived, and despite the large size of the hide, felt the need to get up close and personal! One guy pushed his way onto my bench, clunking me with his tripod which was attached to a back pack. He had the audacity to suggest that I was taking up too much space! Next time his tripod will be inserted where the sun fails to shine! I was then subjected to a number of novices with VERY expensive equipment, trying to set it up and get onto birds! I don't mind this and I am always willing to try and help but this group were experts! A lady from Norfolk came in, wanting to see Curlew Sandpiper which she claims she could not see "over the water"! She got on the bird, which was very distant, stayed three minutes and was away back to Norfolk! Eventually I had enough and decided to leave for more peaceful space. A list of the days sightings can be seen at the end of this post.
Black Tailed Godwit
Little Ringed Plover
Ruff with Black Tailed Godwit
Juvenile Yellow Wagtail
A full set of the days images can be seen by following this link:
Rook; Carrion Crow; Collared Dove; Wood Pigeon; Pheasant; Grey Partridge; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Grey Heron; Herring Gull; Moorhen; Black Tailed Godwit; Little Egret; LBB Gull; Greylag Goose; Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Lapwing; Coot; Great Auk; Mallard; Canada Goose; Avocet; Mute Swan; Swallow; Starling; Pied Wagtail; Redshank; Ruff; Ringed Plover; Sand Martin; Cormorant; Sedge Warbler; Stock Dove; Reed Warbler; Brent Goose; Gadwall; Teal; Snipe; Swift; Garganey; Shelduck; Wigeon; Peregrine; Dunlin; Linnet; Kestrel; Dunnock; Reed Bunting; House Martin; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Blackcap; Dabchick; Yellow Wagtail; Great Crested Grebe; Wood Sandpiper; Little Ringed Plover; Spoonbill; Curlew Sandpiper; Little Stint; Spotted Redshank; Knot; Greenshank; Marsh Harrier; Skylark; Jackdaw; House Sparrow.