28/04/2013

At a cool and breezy Frampton today a ruddy duck was one of the first birds I set eyes on,probably the rarest bird here.I enjoyed it for a few minutes,wished it luck and wondered how long it would be before I saw another one.The air was full of swallows,house and sand martins about 20 swifts were my first ones this year.

Yellow wagtails were scattered all around the reserve,30 or so seen during the day along with half a dozen white wagtails.P1050106Lots of avocets,50+?,a dozen ruff in various colours,10 black-tailed godwits,dunlins,lapwings,redshanks,curlews and little ringed plover were noted.A curlew sandpiper had been seen by others.P1050107The black-headed gull colony is huge,every island full of ’em.No terns yet though.

I set off on my hike to the Witham mouth,a regular walk for me here.Along the floodbank were brent geese,still a couple of thousand here and they didn’t look like departing any time soon.P10500827 wheatears hopped on and off the rocks and more yellow wags showed.Nearing the mouth I got lucky with a fine male ring ouzel seen in flight before going all camera shy under a hawthorn before evaporating.An hour later I hadn’t seen it again !

Back at the visitor centre a good flock of tree sparrows fed with a few yellowhammers,finches and reed buntings.A look on the reservoir revealed a couple of greenshanks,with a common sandpiper.P1050108Greenshank

P1050102Flowering tree,sycamore sp.