An after work visit to a nature reserve (RSPB Frampton Fen) and saw a bird species for the first time (a ‘lifer’ as twitchers would call it).
There’s a pair of Mediterranean gulls sat together at the water’s edge to the left of the picture and facing right. You can tell these apart from the black-headed gulls as the Med Gulls have black heads while the black-headed gulls have brown heads, a bit like the brown-hooded gulls I’ve seen in the Falklands which more appropriately have brown heads like the black-headed gulls – clear?
With an overnight stay near Boston, I managed the shortest of visits to RSPB Frampton Marsh.
I arrived just as the light was fading but still managed to see a bit of wildlife. However, it was the calls that stood out – whooper swans, Brent geese and curlew – sounds of wilderness in the last of the dusk light – great!
Last week while working in Lincolnshire I stayed overnight near Boston. With a spare evening, I decided to take a look around RSPB Frampton Marsh, which is just south of the town.
While there I saw a nice range of wildlife including some I don’t see very often including spoonbills, avocets and little egrets. However, there was one bird that really caught my eye. I’m not a twitcher, or even a birder, more a general nature enthusiast, but I have to say I was quite excited to see a rarity while wandering around the nature reserve.
A white-winged black tern was flying back and forth over the wetlands enabling those there to get a good view of it. According to the Collins Bird Guide, there are around 40 records of these lovely birds in the UK each year, so I was pretty lucky to see it and even get (a pretty rubbish) photo of it. It’s a stunning looking bird in its summer plumage with its black body, and white and grey wings.