Visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh

A good turnout of members took advantage of the clocks going back one hour. We pulled into North Grantham Services to stock up on drinks due to the visitor centre at Frampton being unavailable due to construction work. 

On arrival we made our way along the Wash trail towards the viewpoint overlooking the saltmarsh, a large flock of golden plover circled overhead along with lapwing.  In the hedgerow Cetti’s warbler called and a stonechat perched.

At the viewpoint a flock of brent goose fed nearby and distant views of marsh harrier, hen harrier and merlin were obtained. Behind us on the reserve was a little stint with dunlin.  Skylark were above our heads and pied wagtail skirted around the grass.

Lunch in the 360 hide produced pintail, shelduck, gadwall, mallard, teal, wigeon, shoveler, snipe, redshank, oystercatcher and avocet. Linnet and meadow pipit were in abundance, flitting around the water’s edge.

Just north of the Reedbed hide we viewed five whooper swan. Returning to the saltmarsh viewpoint we looked back over the grassland and amongst the many greylag feeding were a family group of red-breasted goose.

A total of 73 bird species were seen on the day.  Also weasel, roe deer and red fox.

Peter and Lesley