More birding, more Frampton, more waders.
Last week at Frampton was so good I returned for another dose. Incorporating a walk to the Witham mouth for the high tide I recorded no less than twenty-five species of waders;
ringed plovers, 50+, on reserve and at Witham mouth.
little ringed plovers, 6+, (adult seen with chic.)
golden plover, grassland.
grey plover, 2 at W/m.
avocet, scattered around but not as many as recently.
snipe, at least 30.
black-tailed godwit, hundreds, on reserve and at W/m.
bar-tailed godwit, several at W/m, probably lots more in the distant heat haze (or blackwits).
redshank, lots inc. a flock of 100+ at W/m.
spotted redshank, summer plumaged bird.
curlew, 150+, saltmarsh and W/m.
whimbrel, 50+, saltmarsh.
wood sandpiper, 2, from sea wall.
green sandpiper, 6.
common sandpiper, 3.
curlew sandpiper, 2 early, on reedbed, then 3 differently plumaged birds later from road.
little stint, 1, from visitor centre.
knot, flock of 100+, at times some with the godwits.
dunlin, 200+, scattered over reserve.
sanderling, couple of small flocks at W/m.
turnstone, c50 at W/m.
What a place, not many that could match that array of waders. ( Seems the lesser yellowlegs has now gone on it’s way).
Other stuff included a turtle dove, lesser whitethroat, spoonbill, 25 yellow wags, 7 brent geese, a few sandwich terns, and of course, the glossy ibis.
Butterfly of the day was a painted lady at the Witham mouth.
In my opinion this juv. sandwich tern was the most beautiful bird of the day.