Frampton Marshes RSPB Reserve.
This isn’t really a blog, as such, but lots of people won’t want to look at all my photos so am putting them on here with just a little commentary!
We arrived here after a good journey (apart from following a convoy of three tractors for miles!). It was a beautiful sunny morning as we set off round the grassland area after procuring a map from the visitor centre. The footpath was lovely and shady with masses of hips, haws, blackberries and elderberries adorning the route.
There were lots of cattle on the reserve but I love the Belted Galloways. The grassland area wasn’t very interesting apart from the damselflies and we got very hot walking round it so were pleased to reach the marsh area……which was quite dry as it only gets really wet when there is an exceptional high tide.
We sat and ate our sandwiches here on a handy bench but there wasn’t myuch to see. And I have made the photos large but only one seems to know that! We saw this moth? here before moving on to the scrapes which were much more interesting.
The lapwing was having a look for lunch. There were many of these black tailed godwits on the reserve and a few Little Egrets.
We were thrilled to see the avocets as this was the closest I have been to them.
Look what the goldfinches have done to the teasels!
A variety of cattle were having a lunchtime snooze on the footpath and didn’t really stir as we walked through them.
Another godwit and view over the scrapes.
There were lots of birds on the islands viewed from the hide.
This young linnet was perched just outside the hide. The meadow pippet decided to have a bathe.
Back outside and on our way back to the centre, the skies darkened over the scrapes.
This stainless steel sculpture had motifs of birds all along it but I don’t know if you can see them…..it reflects the outside world as you can see.
We arrived at the visitor centre just as the rain started……we couldn’t have timed it better. We sat inside and watched the wildlife through the windows while drinking a welcome cup of tea……..and this did turn in to a blog after all!