as regular readers will know, I usually do a little weather and sightings update on a Friday afternoon. Tomorrow (Friday) I will be visiting RSPB Titchwell Marsh on the North-Norfolk coast, so I will not have the opportunity to let you know what birds have been seen at Frampton.
As I know that you are keen to know what could be seen on your weekend trip to the Lincolnshire Wash, I thought it best that I do a sightings report today.
Highlights have included,
Barn owl 1
Black-tailed godwit 19
Pink-footed goose 2
Little ringed plover 8
Turtle dove 2
Marsh harrier 1 male
Bee Orchid 3
Water vole 2
Have a nice weekend,
So today started off well, it was windy and I was bringing my laptop into work (being an old thing it’s pretty heavy) so I decided to set off early. I was ready for 8.00, half an hour before I normally set off! I went out and got my bike, but before I even left the garden I got a massive thorn stuck in my tyre. I considered just leaving it in and hoping for the best but decided eventually to pull the thing out....PSSSHHHHH!!!! There went all the air in my tyre and my good mood. It’s unlike me to stay grumpy for long and I did start to see the funny side of it whist attempting to get the wheel off. I caught a lift in and have had a good day in the office. I’m putting together some wildlife explorer backpacks! Yes, they are as exciting as they sound. I’m really hoping these will be ready soon for you all to enjoy.With bug pots, binoculars and loads of fun activities to do I can’t wait to test them out, although I have to admit that I’ve already been scavenging for bugs around the office (the bug pots have awesome magnifying glasses in the top!). On Monday I had a great day in the visitor centre. I saw two new birds to add to my life list! Just as I arrived in the morning, one of our regular visitors pointed a little owl out to me. It was sat on a fence post in the field opposite the visitor centre. At first I just couldn’t see it, then I realised that the slightly longer post was in fact post + owl. Later on that day I saw a stonechat. It was a young one so it was brown and spotty (like everything else) but I did manage to point it out to visitors later that day. I was in the visitor centre yesterday as well and I got to see the little owl again. I was so excited that I went and got a telescope from inside so I could show everyone! The kestrel chicks also made an appearance in the entrance of the nest box just beyond the car park. We reckon they’ll be off at the end of this week so to get great views you better be quick. I’ll be out on the reserve quite a bit for the rest of the week. I’m planning on doing a survey tomorrow so if you see me make sure you come and say hello. I carried out a survey yesterday, it was really windy but great to be out. I saw a few dragonflies and damselflies and nearly stood on a toad (see piccie)! Hope to see you soonJaz
It has been a bit of a rough day weather-wise today at RSPB Frampton Marsh. Some visitors have braved the windy conditions and joined us for a day out. The rain has managed to stay away for most of the day, apart from a sharp down pour around 2ish.
Today's sightings highlights have included:
Little egret 19
Marsh harrier 3
Wood sandpiper 1
Green sandpiper 2
and 3 very stunning bee orchids, which are the first that I have seen at RSPB Frampton Marsh.
Image of one of the RSPB Frampton Marsh bee orchids taken by RSPB Feild Teacher Jonathan Bye. Thanks Jonathan!!
Thanks for reading, hopefully see you soon,