Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pecless Frampton

Yesterday was possibly my last morning of birding in the UK before heading back to Israel in August. I managed to wake myself and Nick up from our summer coma and we left properly early to get to RSPB Frampton Marsh at dawn for high tide. Since I moved to the UK I always wanted to visit that reserve but never had a chance. The Pec present for the last few days would have been a nice bonus.
We walked between the three hides in the reserve. Water levels are extremely low, resulting in distant scope views of birds and lots of hidden corners. Quite big numbers of returning shorebirds were present, but we could not locate the Pec, tho it was seen again later on. We did see several shorebirds of slight interest - Wood, 2 Green, 5 Curlew Sands, 2 Little Stint, 2 Spotshank. Also 4 Spoonbill, and impressive numbers of Blackwits (islandica I think). All in all a fine morning (eBird checklist here).

RSPB Frampton Marsh - little water!

Early on these two hares played around in front of East Hide:

It was a bit windy so few butterflies, including this Green-veined White:

Little Ringed Plover - several large chicks were seen too

Horrible digiscoped photo of Spoonbills, Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets

By noon we were back in Norwich for our duties. Many thanks to Nick for this fine morning.

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