Monday, 4 August 2014


Two visits to the pond on Saturday produced 4 Little Egret, 10 Common Tern, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat, juvenile Knot and Dunlin. Unfortunately the second visit coincided with a heavy thunder storm and ended up soaked to the skin. In between visits the Redstart was still in the “gully” but no signs of any Spotted Flycatchers in blustery showery conditions. Sunday saw me at the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire where they were celebrating 30 years of the reserve and 5 years of the visitor centre being open with lots of events on offer to the public. As for the birds there was an adult White-rumped Sandpiper showing well from the 360 hide first thing in the morning and elsewhere there was a Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, 20 Little Egret, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Garganey, Turtle Dove, Corn Bunting and Marsh Harrier all worth a mention. On our way back to Boston we added Hobby and Cuckoo too a good day list. Monday saw us working Lawford Heath, Bretford and Cathiron for the first time this summer/ autumn but all we had was 4 Red-legged Partridge, Yellow Shell and Banded Demoiselle while a visit to nearby Brandon Marsh produced Kingfisher, Teal, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Common Tern, Reed Warbler and 3 Vapourer Moth.

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