RSPB Frampton Marsh 26/11/2017
Our first Bird Watching group visit went extremely well. The weather through the previous week had not been encouraging, but that Sunday was one of those lovely cold and sunny winters days with not a sign of rain. Liz, Lesley, Janet, Poppy the dog and I arrived in good time, all dressed accordingly, and with binoculars at the ready.
Our guide for the walk was Les Ditchburn, a very knowledgeable RSPB volunteer who had taken charge of many a walk. The reserve is wide and flat with vast fields, and we walked along the surrounding banks. This gave us an excellent view of the birds, even though the binoculars were essential. Without them, the flat fields looked empty, but with them we could see many small waders including redshanks and flocks of 'dark-bellied' brent geese, along with loads of plovers. Sadly, we didn't see the short-eared owl, the little owl, or the peregrine. However, we did see flocks of whooper swans feeding on the winter wheat on a local farmer's fields, something we were told that he does not mind, as they do very little harm to the eventual harvest.
On the route back to the Visitor Centre, Les pointed out a pair of stonechats, a bird I have never seen before. In the Frampton Visitor Centre, we were able to get coffee and biscuits and look out over a magnificent reedbed, full of goldeneye, mallard and brent geese.
A jolly good first trip.