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More birding, more Frampton, more waders.

Last week at Frampton was so good I returned for another dose. Incorporating a walk to the Witham mouth for the high tide I recorded no less than twenty-five species of waders;

lapwing, lots.

ringed plovers, 50+, on reserve and at  Witham mouth.

little ringed plovers, 6+, (adult seen with chic.)

golden plover, grassland.

grey plover, 2 at W/m.

oystercatcher, 150+.

avocet, scattered around but not as many as recently.

snipe, at least 30.

black-tailed godwit, hundreds, on reserve and at W/m.

bar-tailed godwit, several at W/m, probably lots more in the distant heat haze (or blackwits).

redshank, lots inc. a flock of 100+ at W/m.

spotted redshank, summer plumaged bird.

greenshank, reedbed.

curlew, 150+, saltmarsh and W/m.

whimbrel, 50+, saltmarsh.

wood sandpiper, 2, from sea wall.

green sandpiper, 6.

common sandpiper, 3.

curlew sandpiper, 2 early, on reedbed, then 3 differently plumaged birds later from road.

ruff, 25+.

little stint, 1, from visitor centre.

knot, flock of 100+, at times some with the godwits.

dunlin, 200+, scattered over reserve.

sanderling, couple of small flocks at W/m.

turnstone, c50 at W/m.

What a place, not many that could match that array of waders. ( Seems the lesser yellowlegs has now gone on it’s way).

Other stuff included a turtle dove, lesser whitethroat, spoonbill, 25 yellow wags, 7 brent geese, a few sandwich terns, and of course, the glossy ibis.

Butterfly of the day was a painted lady at the Witham mouth.

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In my opinion this juv. sandwich tern was the most beautiful bird of the day.

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little stint and ringed plover