Naturelog: 5th May

It’s international dawn chorus day and my birthday and so a bright start to the day saw Sue and I at the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh for a dawn chorus bird walk. Setting off with 3 others and our 2 guides we had immediate excitement as one of the guides spotted a flying Wood Sandpiper. Unfortunately, it landed in vegetation and although it was no great distance from us it was lost in the vegetation and not seen again.

Following a hedgerow path, we had soon heard and saw Sedge and Reed Warblers and heard a Lesser Whitethroat calling from deep inside a bush. Further on a Blackcap was singing and there were a number of Goldfinches and Wrens.


We were fortunate to find a Turtle Dove perched in a dead tree, which enabled everyone to get good, if distant, looks at this species which it is likely will no longer be a breeding species in the UK within the next 10 years due to persecution on migration and habitat destruction.

Turtle Dove (archive)

Other highlights were some very fine Ruff in all their splendour and a Whimbrel.

On returning to the visitor centre, and whilst looking to relocate the Wood Sandpiper seen earlier, I was surprised to find 2 Barnacle Geese, which should have left for their Arctic breeding grounds by now.

Barnacle Goose

After a very good lunch (Kirton Cottage, Kirton – highly recommended) we went to the RSPB reserve at Frieston Shore. It was much quieter here but I did find 4 Eurasian Wigeon and had a couple of Terns fly over although I was unable to get a definite  identity (Arctic or Common).

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Whimbrel [sp] (Numenius phaeopus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Rock Dove (Feral) (Columba livia ‘feral’)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
European Turtle Dove [sp] (Streptopelia turtur)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Common House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Lesser Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia curruca)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
White Wagtail (Pied) (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Chloris chloris)
Common Linnet [sp] (Linaria cannabina)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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