May 082017

Spring is the time of year when waders are on the move to their northern breeding grounds, with many species passing through the UK, providing ideal opportunities to see them in full breeding plumage. The RSPB Reserve at Frampton Marsh, in Lincolnshire, is a great place to see them. Being located on the edge of the Wash, a vast area of tidal mudflats, it is an area of fresh marsh that provides sanctuary to the large numbers of birds that are moving on their journey to the arctic. Saturday 6th May, Richard & I paid a visit to Frampton and managed to find several good waders. Two species in particular were rather smart in their breeding plumage. Out of 18 species of wader that were on the reserve, a single Knot (often called Red Knot, due to their brick red plumage at this time of year) and Spotted Redshank (a nice bird in full black plumage) were best of the bunch. There were also many Black-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, Curlew, Turnstone, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and small numbers of Ruff, with the males looking very colourful. Several hundred Brent Geese were still around, a single Black Tern and 1st summer Little Gull and also a pair of Black-necked Grebe. Walking the lanes surrounding the farmland, we managed to find several Turtle Dove. With many summer migrants now on their territories and an arrival of several hundred Swift, the reserve was full of activity. I managed to move my year list along to 195.

Knot – Summer plumaged individual at Frampton – Tony Davison©

Ruff – The males have colourful “Ruffs” around their head and neck, hence the name. This bird is nearly in full plumage – Tony Davison©

Little Gull – above 3 images – 1st summer – Frampton Marsh – Tony Davison©

Shoveler – a pair – plenty at Frampton Marsh – The drakes are really attractive birds – Tony Davison©

Shoveler – drake – above 2 images – Tony Davison©

Little Egret – Frampton Marsh – Tony Davison©

Common Tern – above 2 images – Frampton Marsh – Tony Davison©

Brent Goose – Above 2 images – Large numbers were still around the Wash, with several hundred coming into bathe and drink at Frampton – Tony Davison©



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