No rain today but the promise of an overnight frost followed by a cold, clear and sunny day. They certainly got that right as I spent fifteen minutes trying to cleat the windscreen and side windows to see to get in nevermind drive away! In the event I was still at RSPB Frampton Marsh just south of Boston by 9am having recorded Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove as I approached the site. Even better, not the dozen or more Pheasants trying to find some food on the frozen ground but the quartet of Grey Partridge to bring a very big smile to my face. This was even better than the good-sized flock of Fieldfare that was working the berries in the bushes along the A16. Once on site, with the temperature nor sailing away at a mighty 1 (one) degree C straight to the end of the lane to check out the far waters whist waiting for the Visitors Centre to open. Lots of water and thousands of birds about but what might they be?
|Early morning Frampton Marsh looking west from the saltmarsh bank
|Just a small selection of the many Greylag Geese Anser anser on site
|Up to a dozen Reed Buntings Emberiza schoeniclus seen feeding on the footpath
|Merlin Falco columbarius
Back inside the building it was apparent that the feeder was drawing more attention with visits form Goldfinches, a Greenfinch and male Chaffinch, small flock of House Sparrows and even a single Dunnock and Robin. But still only the occasional Blue Tit. Making my way back out of the site onto the country lane I then stopped for both a Great Tit and Black-headed Gulls.
|The lone Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis visiting Baston Fen near Market Deeping
|Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Pink-footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Grey Partridge, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Merlin, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.
|But over a thousand Wigeon Anas penelope elsewhere!
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