|Brent Geese Branta bernicla over Frampton Marsh|
|Just a few of the thousand plus Brent Geese Branta bernicla|
|Distant record shot of Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus|
Apart from the above, everywhere seemed to be full of Brent Geese, there were a few Black-headed Gulls and the occasional Moorhen. A handful of Ruff were recorded plus a pair of Grey Plover and a lone Merlin perched on a distant post on the saltmarsh. Also present a quartet of Little Egret and a sole Little Grebe feeding in a deep pool below the bank. Scattered Mute Swans in most area but the wintering Whooper Swans were much further aw to the south so I gave them a miss. Making my way back to the car I also encountered a very small number of Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank and a handful of Curlew.
|Wintering Ruff Philomachus pugnax|
Having parked in the main car park I then took a closer look a clockwise walk top, north-western corner of the site adding Blue Tits and a couple of Reed Bunting before reaching then Reedbed Hide. From here, in addition to the many Brent Geese, I also found a few Greylag Geese and Wigeon plus a pair of Goldeneye.
|Male Goldeneye Bucephala clangula|
Refreshments were consumed at the 360 Hide whilst I watched the nearby Wigeon and a pair of Canada Geese. A Redshank was bust feeding to me left (north) and a quartet of Ringed Plover were a little further away. On the far side a bout a dozen Dunlin were feeding. Distant Shelduck were also seen and to the front, eastwards, I had a pair of Oystercatchers, a Stock Dove and a couple of Curlew.
|Common Redshank Tringa totanus|
The walk back to the Visitors Centre produced a score of Common Starling in the hedgerow and more Coot on the nearby water. Both Gadwall and Tufted Duck were also recorded. Finally, on saying farewell to the wardens I noticed that the small number of House Sparrows at the feeder had been joined by a single Tree Sparrow and Great Tits whilst the distant island held a trio of Avocet and the pair of Great Crested Grebes were busy putting on a courtship display. No surprise to come across a couple of Pheasants as I exited the reserve.
|Male Wigeon Anas penelope|
Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Kestrel, Merlin, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.
|Male Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus|
|Black-trailed Godwit Limosa limosa|
|Wintering Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus|
|Wigeon Anas penelope (female on left)|
|Male Teal Anas crecca|
|Canada Geese Branta canadensis|
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