Here we go. This weeks sightings!
Little Gull-On the freshwater scrapes throughout most of the week. Last seen on Thursday.
Black-necked grebe-Near the east hide. Last seen on Thursday..
Rose coloured starling- Seen flying over the wet grassland and sea bank with the hundreds of other starlings on the reserve at the moment. A tricky one to spot. Last seen on Monday.
Greenshank- 5 greenshanks were seen sighted on the far side of the freshwater scrapes on Monday and individuals have been seen throughout the week
Green sandpiper-Has been seen to the western side of the reserve frequently throughout the week. Last seen on Wednesday.
Cuckoo- Has been heard and seen a couple of times in the week in the hedgerow. Last heard on Thursday.
Hobby-Seen hunting over the saltmarsh and farmland on throughout the week.
Sandwich tern-Two of these terns flew in late Thursday afternoon but appear to have left shortly afterwards.
Friday-Cloudy and windy. High of 21°C
Saturday-Sunshine and showers. High of 20°C
Sunday-Light cloud. High of 17°C
Hi, I’m Olie Horton (and this is a photo I took).
I am 15 years young and I have just started my work experience at RSPB Frampton Marsh. I have been visiting Nature Reserves since I was about 5 and when the VC at Frampton Marsh opened, I was overjoyed that we had a fully operational nature reserve so close to my home town of Spalding.
I used to visit Frampton every weekend but now it’s about once a fortnight due to teenage stuff. I’ve been into Nature for as long as I remember now and from the age of about 6 I started visiting the Boston Wildlife Explorer group (WEX: the RSPB’s young members organisation) for about 4 years and then strangely gave up. To this day I have no idea why I gave it up. However when I was 13 I started working at Phoenix (the teenage RSPB group) and my passion for wildlife took flight (get it?) again. Now at the age of 15 I am a regular volunteer at the VC at Frampton and I have recently been given the title of Junior Leader at Boston WEX; The place that started it all.
I am now in my second day of my work experience at Frampton and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is a refreshing reminder of how much work goes un-noticed by the general public (including myself) that keeps the place up and running to the high quality visitors have come to expect from the active site. I have always respected the volunteers and employees of the RSPB, however even through my short time so far here the amount of respect that I have for their work have risen dramatically in just 2 days. I pleased to be part of a brilliant team.
The highlights for this week (and hopefully the weekend too)
Rose-coloured starling - see if yoy can spot in amongst the thousands on the reserve
Black necked grebe - he's still around
Little ringed plover - the first chicks have been seen this week
Little stint - showing on the fresh water scrapesWeekend weather:
Unsettled: mostly cloudy with outbreaks of sunshine and rain. Bring a waterproof (and maybe some sunglasses) and expect to have your hair blown about by the wind.
I'm Simon Evans (here's a cheesy picture of me) and I've just started to volunteer at RSPB Frampton Marsh as a 'Practical Work Assistant'.
I plan to give regular updates as to my antics around the reserve, so that if you're considering volunteering you'll know exactly what to expect and can't say I didn't warn you!
First of all a wee bit about myself: I'm 38, originally from Wolverhampton in the sunny Black Country, but I've spent the last 22 years (on & off) living in Lincoln andserving with the Royal Air Force. In my current day-to-day job I work as a Flight Planner for the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton (strangely similar name to RSPB Frampton isn't it?). In my 5 years in this post I've found it a very enjoyable, rewarding position, but I do feel a little bit 'office-bound' from time-to-time.
I was a boyhood birdwatcher (and Y.O.C. member!) and often travelled up and down the country with my Dad who was (and still is) a keen birder. He used to inspect power stations for a living and would often take me along to far-flung places like Dungeness and Fairburn Ings. Left on the reserve all day - clad in an orange-lined parka and armed with huge Tasco binoculars, a flask of tea and a pocketful of Spangles - I'd have a great time.
Like a lot of lads I left the hobby during my teens and twenties when other distractions proved more alluring, but it was thanks to the RAF that my interest in nature was re-kindled. In 2007 I was sent on a 4 month deployment to the Falkland Islands. Many forces folk dread a ‘boring tour down South' but for the wildlife nut the islands are fantastic. The experience of sharing a pristine white sandy beach with a colony of inquisitive Gentoo penguins and seeing petite Commerson's dolphins playing in the surf had me hooked.
Upon my return to the UK I purchased a pair of binoculars, a camera and an RSPB field guide and became a birder once more!
Now I'm back in Lincolnshire I've decided to give some of my time and energy to the RSPB. The opportunity to learn some new skills, see some new things and make a difference in protected the natural world was just too good to pass up.
So far I’ve spent one day volunteering at Frampton Marsh. In that one day I tidied up a barn, fixed a fence, nailed some chicken wire onto a wee jetty, learned about the distribution of fresh water around the reserve, jetwashed a 4x4 and saw my first Turtle Dove!
By the end of the day my arms ached but I was absolutely buzzing from the feeling that I'd made my first step towards making a positive contribution to conservation!
I’ll keep you posted with whatever they have me up to next!
The sun came out this morning and so did the bugs. Here's what I saw on a quick walk down to 360 Hide at lunchtime:
Red tailed bumblebee
Lady bird - it was flying so I couldn't count the spots (rspb images.com)
Cinnabar moth - this beauty is a moth that flies during the day in May-August and I spotted it very close by on the path to the 360 Hide.(rspb-images.com)
Now's a good time to go bug-spotting. The often-hidden world of insects is actually beautiful and fascinating when we take a closer look, and doesn't require expensive optical gear!
Keep your eyes peeled when walking the trails at Frampton and Freiston and you may well be surprised what you notice.