Frampton Marsh visit

The RSPB Frampton Marsh is one of the key roosting sites in the area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The RSPB Frampton Marsh is one of the key roosting sites in the area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

It’s been a busy weekend with the BirdFair at Rutland Water, but birding somehow wasn’t on the priority list. As expected, by Sunday afternoon I couldn’t stay indoor anymore, so I decided to explore another new coastal birding site. We visited the RSPB Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire.

From the seawall beautiful salt marsh can easily be watched. © Gyorgy Szimuly

From the seawall beautiful salt marsh can easily be watched. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Plenty of Ruffs were feeding in the area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Plenty of Ruffs were feeding in the area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Only a part of this vast area is accessible, but it still holds a nice number of birds including many waders. Birding was rather challenging today due to the strong wind, what made holding the binocular steady nearly impossible. The most abundant species of the marsh was the Black-tailed Godwit with both Icelandic and Europen subspecies. Northern Lapwing, Mallard and Eurasian Teal (Or Eurasian Green-winged Teal) was the most abundant species. Among the rarities I saw two unseasonal Brant Geese and a long staying Glossy Ibis, which was feeding just next to the footpath. While the visit was short, it gave me an impression of the birdlife of Frampton Marsh. It definitely worth for more frequent visits as this is one of the closest coastal areas to my home.

There must be a Glossy Ibis on this image. © Gyorgy Szimuly

There must be a Glossy Ibis on this image. © Gyorgy Szimuly

List of birds seen:

Graylag Goose 3
Brant Goose 2
Barnacle Goose 1
Canada Goose 183
Mute Swan 14
Common Shelduck 33
Eurasian Wigeon 4
Mallard 317
Northern Shoveler 9
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 83
Common Pochard 1
Tufted Duck 9
Little Grebe 4
Great Crested Grebe 4
Great Cormorant 6
Gray Heron 4
Little Egret 7
Glossy Ibis 1
Eurasian Spoonbill 1
Eurasian Moorhen 22
Eurasian Coot 49
Pied Avocet 15
Northern Lapwing 101
Common Ringed Plover 3
Common Redshank 6
Eurasian Curlew 3
Black-tailed Godwit 396
Ruff 27
Dunlin 2
Common Snipe 8
Black-headed Gull 127
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
Stock Dove 1
Common Wood Pigeon 3
Common Swift 1
Common Kingfisher 1
Bearded Reedling 1
Bank Swallow 280
Northern Wheatear 1
European Starling 398
Western Yellow Wagtail (Yellow) (M. f. flavissima) 10
White Wagtail 2
Meadow Pipit 3
European Goldfinch 1
Eurasian Linnet 8

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2 thoughts on “Frampton Marsh visit

  1. Hi, we were helping with a Fall Bird Count around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. We had access to shorebird habitat at three locations. Here is what we found at the one location with shorebirds. UTM location, 13 U 368504.90E by 5727352.80N, South Saskatchewan River irrigation fall out. near Broderick SK, : 17 Semipalamated Plovers, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 7 Sanderlings and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers.
    I hope this helps and is not the only response from Saskatchewan

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