|Dunlin Calidris alpina|
Dry and cloudy when I left home but obviously, when I arrived at RSPB Frampton Marsh near Boston, there has been heavy overnight rain here, one has to take the opportunity to try and gets some biding in, everybody else seems to manage. So here I was, having noted Crow, Rook and Wood Pigeon on the approach road, just after 9am and, having been greeted by the first Magpie of the morning, all set to try and see if I could get the eye working; obviously not as there seemed to be a series of puddles rather than pools. Either I was seeing only half of the water or I was, potentially, in for a disappointing morning. And if you think watching with one eye on the bins then try taking photographs the "wrong" eye and as for a left-eyed telescope.... So initially parked up at the end of the lane just before the steps up to the embankment, no was was I going to expose the eye to a walk along the top overlooking the Wash marshes and the penetrating wind that would do absolutely nothing for my eye, I quickly encountered Moorhens, Teals, a single Canada Goose and Little Egret along with a small number of Wigeon on the marsh.
|One of a thousand Wigeon Anas penolepe|
But turning round revealed the hundreds or more Wigeon on the fields behind me. By the time I left the reserve I would estimate that was well in excess of a thousand Wigeon and at least 500 Teal on the reserve. Finally, as I was getting into the car to move back towards the track to the 360Hide a Sparrowhawk casually drifted immediately overhead and over towards the Wash marshes. A Green Sandpiper took off away to my left and a Blackbird crossed the road.
|Teal Anas crecca|
|Dunlin Calidris alpina|
|Lovely to see the Brent Geese Branta bernicla at close quarters - even with one eye|
|Juvenile Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius|
|The distant Merlin Falco pelegrinoides|
|The faithful Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Sarrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin, Moorhen, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Juvenile Shelduck Tadorna tadorna|
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