We had a cracking day’s wader watching and birding today at rspb Frampton. Joining up with the south Lincs group, some good birds were enjoyed and the crack was fierce.
A fine turtle dove fed in the farmyard as we approached and we were soon enjoying the sight of a little owl and then a barn owl, carrying prey. A marsh harrier gave great views.
From the path three spoonbills showed. The now long staying glossy ibis was on view most of the time along with thirty or more little egrets.
We started scanning for waders, three spotted redshanks looked lovely. Many other waders were seen during the day including hundreds of black-tailed godwits including lots of the brightly marked ‘islandica’ subspecies. Other waders located included two little stints, at least two wood sandpipers, three whimbrels on the saltmarsh, lots of ruff and avocets, greenshank, ringed and little ringed plovers, five common sandpipers, ten green sandpipers and about thirty snipe. We thought we had the lesser yellowlegs in our sights, distantly, but weren’t absolutely sure.
A corn bunting sang it’s head off, as did skylarks and a couple of yellowhammmers. Five brent geese and three wigeon gave a taster of Autumn.
Photographers David Morison and Joe Stockil were busy all day taking pictures, so I won’t put my efforts on. I will put up some of Joe’s quality photographs later.