|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus|
With Jenny needing a lift to Spalding and the forecast no longer predicting rain today, and only twenty minutes from Boston, it really was a "no-brainer". So camera, bins and scope into the car and after dropping off the ladies for the shopping adventure I carried on to RSPB Frampton Marsh. Arriving at 9.30 it was cold, overcast and generally very dull with poor light. But by midday the skies were clearing and the sun was putting its hat on and coming out to play. Indeed, leaving the site at 12.30 I made a diversion on the way home to spend an hour at Rutland Water before returning home. A sort of farewell to Lincolnshire until I return once more in late December. And, interestingly, I saw more birds in my hour at Rutland Water (north Arm and Visitors Centre only) than I did at the three hours on the coastal marsh.
|Female Teal Anus crecca|
|Male (above) and female Wigeon Anas penelope|
|A few of the very many Brent Geese Branta bernicla|
|The visiting Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis. Record shot above and with Wigeon and Brent Geese.|
|The arrival of the beautiful Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus|
Next up was the nearby 360 Hide but, again, rather disappointing following all the recent management work which had also necessitated the draining of the area. A few Redshank and more Lapwing along with a handful or so of Teal but also a small flock of Dunlin accompanied by a single Turnstone. A couple of Meadow Pipits were moving around in front of me and then it was back to the car so I could move it up to the main car park.
|Dunlin Calidris alpina|
Still only 12.30 and weather now much brighter and the promise of good, clear visibility during the afternoon under a shining sun so decided to head straight to Rutland Water for an hour to check out the North Arm and Visitors Centre before heading home in time to collect Jenny for her doctor's appointment at the local hospital. As soon as I reached the access to Burley Fishponds on the North Arm I was greeted by Rooks, Carrion Crows, Magpie and Wood Pigeons. On the water a good number of Cormorant and mainly Great Crested Grebes and Wigeon. A couple of Mute Swans drifted by long with the occasional Mallard and a small number of Coot. On the grass a couple of Egyptian Geese were taking their rest with a small number of Greylag Geese nearby. The main water, in addition to a handful of Mute Swan, held good numbers of Tufted Duck and a couple of Little Grebe with a Little Egret on the far bank.
Then on round to the Visitors Centre. With the noisy wind blower in action outside the feeding station I entered the building to take a look at Lagoon 1. Apart from the large numbers of Cormorant and almost as many Black-headed Gulls the water was relatively empty. However, a good check of the area did produce Mallard, Pochard and Teal along with a single Great White Egret. A Marsh Harrier settled below a marker pole and I then noticed a resting Heron sitting on its top. Pride of place, however, went to the female Smew that just happened to make itself visible near the reeds away to my right. meanwhile, a couple of Blue Tits were feeding in the well-berried tree in front of me and a Stonechat posed atop a bush near the water's edge.
|Great White Egret Egretta alba on lagoon 1|
|Last chance to see the Dunnock Prunella modularis for a month or so.|
Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall. Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe,Cormorant, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Heron, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch
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