Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Incursion into Lincolnshire! 17.5.2011.

For some time I've been meaning to arrange a trip to Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve on the western side of The Wash. What a superb site! Essentially it's a wetland site behind a saltmarsh area with accompanying grassland areas and a variety of hedge lines and more composite areas of scrub cover. All the usual facilities are available at the Centre, together with several hides, making up for a site that it's very easy to spend a whole day at. I did , and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

For me the highlights were species like Corn Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer, which are absent or in low numbers on Islay. Added to this were three Temminck's Stints , Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover, a flock of Black=tailed Godwits, Avocet, numbers of Ringed Plover and Redshank, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Snipe and several Dunlin. Duck included Mallard, Gadwall, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Wigeon, plus Grey lag, Canada and dark bellied brent Geese, little and Great crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Mute Swan. Complementing these were Sedge and Reed warblers and several Whitethroat plus Little Egret. A fascinating, artificial "wall" for breeding Sand Martins was something to admire as well as the dyke system which allows management of the various wetland.

A day well spent!

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