Frampton 30/05/2013

Frampton marsh. Another trip over today with some good birds about.Not many waders,but the ones I did see were mostly getting into sparkling breeding plumage.Three curlew sandpipers gave good views.A dozen black tailed godwits,loads (50+ perhaps?) of avocets,many now with chicks,dunlin,common sandpiper,ringed plover,grey plover,a few little ringed plovers,redshanks and a good many lapwings,also with chicks made up the rest of the waders.There was a little stint somewhere too,but I didn’t find it. The black headed gulls were also doing well with young and there was a noticeable increase in large gulls-no doubt attracted by easy pickings. A spoonbill spent most of it’s … Continue reading Frampton 30/05/2013

Spotted flycatchers

Denton res. Yesterday morning I took Lily for a walk around one of my favourite local spots in the hope of seeing a spotted flycatcher.It’s a lovely place,fished there and birded it a lot in the past.I like to check it at least once a month. Approaching the willows at the neck-end,one of the little beauties was flycatching,high up.Round the other side of the res two more were nipping out catching midges in the drizzle in classic style.I retraced my steps back to the original spot to check that the bird seen earlier was still in the same tree,and it was,with another … Continue reading Spotted flycatchers

Bank Holiday weekend fun

Karen and I went out in our newly acquired VW Autosleeper for a night this BH weekend and stayed at Willow Holt just outside of Tattershall (a photo of me and the potential ‘birding vehicle’ shown below). It has a few fishing lakes and a little area of woodland that can be walked around, perfect for a little walking around while the good lady was enjoying the unusual sunshine! I heard nearly as soon as I pulled onto our pitch the song of a Reed Warbler and thought will have some time to try to get this elusive little creature … Continue reading Bank Holiday weekend fun

First Turtle of the year

We always get a Turtle Dove or two here in Fulbeck but although I had heard from a near neighbour that he had seen one under his feeders I hadn’t heard nor seen any sign myself. I was delighted when I got a phone call from said neighbour that he had one on his lawn and as he was just about to mow it he thought I might like a gander before he scared the birds off. So I rushed over with my camera only to discover that I had the Canon lens plus 1.4x converter on the Olympus camera which … Continue reading First Turtle of the year

Out & about with Davo

Had a text today from Dave R – free for a while this aft? – now not been out at all much due to heavy workload so a quick yep was sent off to Dave and off we go. We ventured to a place or two Dave knows of and saw a male Kingfisher working hard around its nest site in Southern Lincolnshire, got a couple of flight pics, shown below …A swan at another place had a belter of a nest, take a look at this, first image is Dave’s with second one mine 🙂 We saw or heard in … Continue reading Out & about with Davo

Gt.white egret,Manby 24/05/2013

Manby flashes,nr Louth. This was my first ever visit here,I must have driven past it loads of times on the way to the coast but shan’t in future.The great white was discovered on Weds so I thought it must be hanging around,mind you it was quite a while before I saw it.Four little egrets were on the main scrape-I wondered if the gwe had moved on.Gave it a bit longer before moving round to the delightfully named garden shed hide.Yep I reckon it started life as one.Manby flashes was created by a local farmer/landowner/nature lover and what a good job.Just recently … Continue reading Gt.white egret,Manby 24/05/2013

Dusky thrush twitch,Kent 18th May 2013

A mega alert late Friday night saw me on the road next morning.Margate cemetery was the destination for a female dusky thrush that had apparently been around for three days before news broke.I got on to the bird pretty quickly and had great views on and off through the morning.Shape and sizewise it was like a song thrush.It’s left wing was slightly shorter than the right.With only around ten previous records in Britain this bird was very popular,this being the first properly accessable one for fifty years.The place was alive with twitchers.Margate cemetery is a beautiful,peaceful place with scores of … Continue reading Dusky thrush twitch,Kent 18th May 2013

Marston 17/05/2013

Eyes to the skies. The swift numbers have continued to build,especially over the works area.The sky was full of birds,with three hundred plus pushed down by heavy cloud.Total swift and hirundine count must have been over four figures.Quite a sight. Three yellow wags,four mistle thrushes including a newly fledged individual and a song thrush were in the horse paddock. The now reliable cuckoos (two) and cetti’s warbler made themselves known. A single curlew was the only wader seen. On the far side of the car park field a couple of grey partridges were the first I’ve seen here for a few months. Chris … Continue reading Marston 17/05/2013


Started at Cut end car park,where a pair of turtle doves purred,my first ones of the year.Nice.A jay showed and a male marsh harrier flew over the river towards the Frampton side.Not much at the Witham mouth,a few common terns were commuting back and forth up the river. Feeling relieved after finding the car in one piece back at the car park,I drove round to Freiston shore.A fine drake garganey dabbled on pools along the wetland trail.After checking the reservoir I noticed Rspb Simon in the distance with a group.I gave him a quick call to inform him of the garganey.’Did you see … Continue reading 16thMay2013


Marston and around. Things steady now with all the usual migrants in place.This morning two cuckoos flew around and eight species of warbler heard or seen.(willow,chiff,blackcap,reed,sedge,cetti’s,whitethroat and lesser whitethroat).I havn’t had gropper yet but it has been heard by others and KB has ringed one. Yesterday (13th) there was an amazing 150 (ish) swifts over the works area.Another cuckoo was at Belton,in the fields off fivegates road.Raven over the wood.   Continue reading 14/05/2013