July, 2011

Frampton Marsh

Frampton Marsh
RSPB Frampton Marsh offers the opportunity to explore the wildlife of the Wash, brought closer to you through the creation of reedbed, freshwater scrapes, and wet grassland.

Frampton Marsh

  • Even the cows are doing a spot of bird watching!

     

    Well it’s been a very interesting weekend at Frampton Marsh! Yesterday I arrived to be greeted by some escapee cows. Apparently they had gone for a lovely walk around the reserve and thought it was about time they checked out the birds from the 360 hide! Luckily they didn’t get in and we managed to round them up ready for the grazier to bring them back to the saltmarsh. We have very friendly cows on the reserve but sometimes I swear they look at me as if to say ‘no, actually I’m quite comfortable here thanks...’ and are quite uninterested in my presence.


    Drama over, we opened up the visitor centre. The pectoral sandpiper is still about, as was the spoonbill yesterday. At about lunch time there was suddenly a lot of excited voices. A red-necked phalarope had just landed in the pool just in front of the visitor centre. It was such a great view of the bird as it span around and bobbed up and down for a bit before flying off to the scrapes.


    Today there has been even more excitement as a spotted crake was seen this morning. It hasn’t been seen since, but hopefully it will be out again this evening. With all these wonderful birds and the beautiful weather it’s been pretty busy, lots of people have been enjoying picnics and having a nice wander around.

    I wonder what we’ll get on the reserve tomorrow!


     

  • Sightings 29/07/11

     

     

    It’s turned into a lovely afternoon here and there’s lots of birds to see out on the reserve. Our pectoral sandpiper has stuck around since Monday and everyone’s getting great views. In Simon’s absence I’m afraid I better do the sightings blog today!

    Here goes:

    1 pectoral sandpiper
    1 spoonbill
    1 wood sandpiper
    2 kingfisher
    7 green sandpiper
    13 snipe
    Common sandpipers
    Greenshank
    20 Ruff

    The weekend weather forecast is looking good with sunny intervals and Sunday is set to be pretty warm so get your sunglasses out and head down to Frampton Marsh to get great views of wildlife!  

  • So you think you know your sandpipers?

     

    Drawing by Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)

    It’s been great on the reserve this week with lots of birds to see including one to add to my life list! The pectoral sandpiper arrived on Monday morning to everyone’s excitement and it’s still here today! Pectoral sandpipers are scarce passage migrants from America and Siberia and can be identified from their brown breastband and white belly (check out the drawing by Mike Langman, rspb-images.com).


    I say this but I’m still doubtful as to whether I’d pick one out if I didn’t know it was there. To make it harder we’ve also had common sandpipers, green sandpipers and wood sandpipers! Here’s my best effort at separating them out: common sandpipers are comparatively stocky looking birds with a white shoulder patch and their white belly is very defined against the brown upperparts; green sandpipers are more elegant birds and as the name suggests, are a greeny colour on top and wood sandpipers are spotty with a cream eye stripe.


    We have also had two kingfishers reported this morning which I was mega excited about (if not a little annoyed) as I have never seen a kingfisher before. I always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or just looking the wrong way!  A golden plover was reported this afternoon and sure enough when we looked out, there it was on the reedbed, beautiful in its breeding plumage.


    We had a bit of drama as I arrived at the visitor centre this afternoon. A swallow had got in and kept hitting up against the windows as it attempted to get out. I decided to be brave and attempt to grab it and get it outside. Amazingly I did manage this; I think I was almost as scared and relieved as the swallow was as I carried it out to the front of the centre. I’d never held a bird in my hands before, it’s little heart beating away, it felt so fragile and it’s eyes were wide open in fear. I was a bit worried it wouldn’t recover but sure enough after a few minutes it perked itself up and flew away.


    With loads of wildlife to see on the reserve it’s definitely worth a visit! To find out more about the wildlife, why not come on one of our guided walks? The next one is tomorrow when we will be finding out about dragonflies, butterflies and mini-beasts. Check out our events listings on our website for further information.