Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Frampton Marsh (part 3) - 26th October 2014

Glossy Ibis

It was good to have excellent views of the Frampton Marsh, long staying Glossy Ibis but a shame the light did not fully expose its "glossyness!". The Ibis gave us a bit of a run around, initially staying close to roadside reeds which in the "breeze" made images impossible! It then flew to an open area of marsh causing a rapid dash to the sea wall and, of course, when I got there, it flew back to another open area by the cattle pens where I eventually caught up with it!

Glossy Ibis














Little Egret






Curlew




Frampton Marsh (part 2) - 26th October 2014

Brent Goose Bath Time

A good number of Geese and Duck created the bulk of birds seen today (as expected!). This post concentrates on those that came within camera distance!

Brent Geese











Pink Footed Geese




Pintail






Wigeon




Teal




Frampton Marsh (part 1) - 26th October 2014

Swallow

Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve in Lincolnshire is one of my favourites and was the venue for a trip with the Coventry & Warwickshire RSPB Group. The day was mild but with a keen south-westerly "breeze" and dull light. Leaving the coach, I headed along the path towards the hides, where I was initially concerned to see a pair of legs sticking out of the reeds! Feeling obliged to investigate, I was relieved to see the legs belonged to a photographer who was taking images of some sort of fungi! Phew! I continued to the reed bed hide, which was good timing, because a birder had found a Little Stint, very distant in the company of Dunlin. Although some good (and some unexpected) birds were seen, it was disappointing that few waders were present and those that were, were distant! A list of sightings can be found at the end of this post. The day was thoroughly enjoyable with good birds, good company and some fantastic sunset views from the coach on the return journey.

Swallow (Hopefully this bird will (eventually) make its migration!)





Black Tailed Godwit (Still showing (tatty) summer plumage!)





Pied Wagtail



Todays Sightings:

Mute Swan; Pink Footed Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Barnacle Goose; Brent Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Pintail; Wigeon; Teal; Red Legged Partridge; Pheasant; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Glossy Ibis; Buzzard; Kestrel; Peregrine; Moorhen; Coot; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Dunlin; Little Stint; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Black Headed Gull; LBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Skylark; Swallow; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Blackbird; Wren; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Linnet; Goldfinch; Reed Bunting; Yellowhammer.