Trips to Frampton Marsh Lincolnshire July 2020

In July 2020 I made 2 trips to the amazing reserve of Frampton Marsh on the Lincolnshire coast, the first was a fairly short stay arriving late afternoon on the 18th to look for a rare bird that had been around for a little while and one that I had never seen before.


The Caspian Tern is the largest of all the Terns in the world and easily recognisable by its white plumage black head and dagger like red bill. It breeds in eastern Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia but winters further south in South Africa, south Asia and the Caribbean and occurring in the UK around 4 times a year on average. It was an amazing bird to see. While the photos are not perfect, you can still see what the bird is. Hope I get to see another soon.


The 2nd visit I made was on the 29th of July, arriving in the morning so I could spend more time exploring the reserve. I was looking for whatever I could find and was amazed when I came across a huge flock of Spoonbills on the main scrape, do not think I have ever seen so many before in the UK, I usually only see 1 or 2. The Spoonbill was once a rare bird in the UK, but the population is spreading, and it even breeds here now. I found wading birds like the Ruff, Avocet, Little Egret and Redshank but also Sedge Warbler and Swallow. This is a great reserve, and I will be returning in 2021.


CASPIAN TERN


SPOONBILL


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