My chauffeur for the day was Chris Grimshaw, we decided on a tour of the county’s southern states. (The seldom reported Holbeach marshes to river nene mouth areas).
At Holbeach marsh at least four marsh harriers showed, along with a cracking male hen harrier. We saw a party of ten whooper swans at the edge of the saltmarsh. This species was to become a huge feature of the day, as we had subsequent sightings of 40+ on the foreshore towards Gedney Drove End, 12 out from the Nene mouth and later 70 on the RSPB Frampton marsh reserve, plus a couple of mutes.These may well have been some of the ones we’d seen earlier. Maybe not. We found out later that there were many other sightings of whoopers through the county today. Clearly a large movement of birds making their way back to their breeding grounds.
Another couple of marsh harriers gave good views at the Nene mouth, but most other birds far off. It’s still March but we had the dreaded heat haze through the optics. At least four chiffys were in the car park area, feeding up but not singing.
Frampton was our last stop-off, great to see so many swans. They had only just dropped in while we were there. A drake scaup was nice and as usual, lots of geese, ducks, gulls and waders.