RSPB Frampton Marsh, near Boston in Lincolnshire, is always worth a visit during the winter months. Even more so when a Lesser Yellowlegs is over-wintering, and looking rather smart after nearly completing its moult. Another spectacle was the thousands of Golden Plover and Lapwing, estimated at 10,000 each, being bombed by several Peregrines, so the sight of all these birds, along with thousands of ducks and hundreds of other waders, was simply fantastic to witness. With 2 Great White Egret, several Marsh Harrier, 6 Pintail and a few Goldeneye, it was a thoroughly enjoyable days birding, whilst managing to fit in a little photography on the way.
Early May always produces a good selection of waders and yesterday, 2nd May, was no exception at Frampton. There has been an influx of Black-winged Stilts into Britain these past few weeks, and no doubt some will be settling down to breed. A pair were at Frampton but were just a little distant, nevertheless showed well. Three Wood Sandpiper, a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, small numbers of Ruff, including a few smartly dressed males, Little Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Lapwing, Curlew and Redshank were all supporting casts. Several Spoonbill on the main lagoons and a selection of migrant warblers, […]
The old oak woodlands of the Derbyshire Peak District hold a variety of special birds that are summer visitors to Britain. Sadly, they are becoming increasingly scarce, so these habitats are of vital importance. The Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart are two migrants that arrive in late April, followed by Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher later in May. The Wood Warbler is now by far the most scarce of these woodland birds. I paid a visit to one of the most popular areas in the Peak, for Pied Flycatcher, on 30th April, and at least 8 birds were […]
Since returning from Mull, birding the local patch at Staunton Harold Reservoir has been hard work. The 22nd April produced the first returning Common Tern, House Martin, and Common Whitethroat. On the 24th April there was a good fall of hirundines, the most I’ve seen this spring, with c20 Sand Martin, c 30 Swallow and c15 House Martin. On 26th April a real good bird for the site was 6 flyover Whimbrel, calling their diagnostic whistle as they flew south, also 2 Common Tern, 4 singing Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaff. Very little else and very few numbers […]