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. We all arrived in good time Liz, Lesley, Janet, poppy and Myself, all dressed accordingly with binoculars at the ready.
Our guide for the walk was, Les a very knowledgeable volunteer, who had taken charge of many a walk. The reserve is wide and flat with vast fields, 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. But we did see flocks of Whooper Swans feeding on the winter wheat on a local farmers 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 Visitors Centre, Les pointed out a pair of Stonechats, a bird I have never seen before. In the Frampton Visitor Centre, one of four hide areas, we were able to get coffee and a biscuit and look out over a magnificent water and reed view, full of Goldeneye, Mallard and Brent Geese.
A jolly good first trip.