Had a grand day out yesterday to the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh, with Trevor.
An early start, and off we set in my recently cured sick car. A foggy start, but thankfully it eventually cleared, and we were blessed with sunshine later. And some great birds too. This is a reserve that never disappoints.
The pictures ain't up to much though; I was struggling a bit for some reason.
Always plenty to see, and some quality birds usually thrown in the mix too.
The Glossy Ibis was still present, but we didn't manage to see it this visit.
A Temminck's Stint was there, but my wader ID skills are less than perfect, (crap actually), so I may or may not have seen it. A lot of Ruff were there though.
One of about the reported 70 that were there.
Quite a few Curlew Sandpipers around as well, along with the Dunlin,
reportedly, 12 and approx 80, respectively.
and lots of Yellow Wagtails.
about 30 was the reported number
A few Pintail too. Not in their finest summer plumage, but nonetheless looking splendid.
Not the best of pictures.
Numbers? Apparently 4 reported, but I saw at least half a dozen.
This time last year, I managed to see a Wryneck along the path beside the river Witham, heading down towards the sea. This year, full of hope, we decided to make the long trek, and see what was about.
Sun shining, and a few butterflies around to keep us company, we eventually arrived at the end of the road/track.
The tide was beginning to come in, and with it, plenty of Oystercatchers settling on the mud. No sign of any Wryneck this year though, but another couple, that had made the trek, pointed out to us 15 to 20 Common Eider, bobbing about in the sea.
Far out to sea.
Too far for pictures, but visible through our scopes.
Over on the other side of the river, is another reserve, Freiston Shore. A shame there isn't a bridge across to it, because it's another fine reserve run by the RSPB. Would save the long journey around by road, and through Boston.
On the way back, a brief sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher posing on the end of a branch, before disappearing into the bushes, and then, further along, a slightly more co-operative Pied Flycatcher.
Only slightly more co-operative though.
Back on the reserve proper, we walked along a windy bank towards the road back to the car park.
This is where the Glossy Ibis had been seen earlier in the day, but as previously mentioned, not by us today.
We did mange to see the four Spoonbill though, albeit a tad distant.
And before making our way back to the car, a pair of Migrant Hawkers dropped down amongst the bushes.
Far too busy to be bothered by our cameras.
An excellent visit to this reserve, as always; and we even managed to meet some friendly people too.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and upcoming weekend.