RSPB Frampton Marsh Trip Report – Sun 14th Aug

Five brave souls withstood the blazing sun to spend about six hours at Frampton. As usual,  the reserve delivered an impressive spectacle particularly impressing some who had never been before. The star of the show was undoubtedly the North American vagrant, the White-rumped Sandpiper. Initially we had poor views of it from the 360 degree hide but later that morning, much better, though distant views of it from the East Hide.

White-rumped Sandpiper just about distinguishable from the adjacent Dunlin by its white supercilium

Other significant sightings included 30+ Spoonbills, Spotted Redshank, lots of

Greenshank and the largest flock of Ringed Plover that any of us had ever seen. In addition, Yellow Wagtails and Avocets had obviously had a successful breeding season because there were a lot of juveniles around. A hot walk round the sea wall was barely compensated for by the sight of a Whimbrel.
With temperatures peaking around 30 deg, the photos were inevitably badly affected by heat haze but here are the best of a difficult situation.

The sunflowers obviously appreciate the heat

All told fifty species were seen which was similar to the count in previous years.  Photos thanks to Rob Simmons & Martin Kaye



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