Myself, Trevor, and of course Whisky, traveled to Frampton Marsh this morning, in Lincolnshire.
One of my favourite reserves, but sadly, the RSPB don't seem to allow dogs on their reserves, even if they are under control. A shame really.
However, there is plenty of spaces to walk with a dog at Frampton, apart from 'inside' the reserve itself, and where the hides are.
Despite this we managed to see a cracking 48 species of birds.
Lots of Brent Geese around.
My contenders for the smartest geese around.
Lots of Oystercatchers flew in as the tide went out, which made us wonder where they had suddenly come from.
Some other highlights were ...........
and a real star of the day
The long walk, in freezing windy weather was well worth it. And Whisky enjoyed every minute of it.
Lots of Fieldfares and Goldfinches along the trek there too. A great day as always.
Full list of the days sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Brent Goose [sp] (Branta bernicla)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Slavonian Grebe [sp] (Podiceps auritus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Ringed Plover [sp] (Charadrius hiaticula)
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Bar-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa lapponica)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Ruddy Turnstone [sp] (Arenaria interpres)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Meadow Pipit [sp] (Anthus pratensis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow [sp] (Passer montanus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Yellowhammer [sp] (Emberiza citrinella)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 48