A morning spent at Frampton on Tuesday the 9th resulted in only one new addition to the year total when two Little Stints were found among a large group of Ringed Plovers and Dunlin. We walked the complete circuit searching and ultimately failing to locate any Curlew Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks, Wood Sandpipers, or the Blue-winged Teal. A scan from the seawall did however locate the three Black-winged Stilts busily feeding to the north of the 360 hide. Several Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtails, and Little Ringed Plovers were also seen on the wet grasslands.
The new visitor centre and cafe are great additions to the site and the staff are always friendly and welcoming.
|Two Little Stints were found among the large flock on the left of the photo.|
This morning we decided to head to Norfolk, stopping on the way at Welney Village where we heard a Corncrake. We failed to see the bird despite plenty of searching, but it was good to hear it constantly calling. We also added Garden Warbler to the year list.
Upon arrival, we found a rucksack by the gate, it contained a camera and the bag was dry so must have been left behind this morning and not during last night's rain. The plan would have been to leave it at Welney visitor centre but it was only 7am and the reserve didn't open until 10am! So Brian put a tweet out asking if anybody had left a bag behind hoping the owner would see it. Luckily as we returned to the car the owner of the bag pulled up. So he got his bag and belongings back and we didn't have the worry of what to do with it for the rest of the day.
From here we drove to Choseley hoping some of the Dotterel had remained overnight. Two of them had and to all our surprise it was Dad who found them! They were very distant but we had good scope views at this time of the morning without any heat haze to worry about. They were feeding along the distant hedge line in the photo below.
|Signage at the entrance|
|Information board at the car park|
Photos below were taken with the phone handheld to the scope.