We started off on the Saturday by spending the day at Gib Point. Firstly I have to say this is a great place with a wide variety of habitats, scrapes, pools, reed beds, salt marsh, estuary, grassy dunes and beach. The only draw back was the weather! But that wasn't the LWTs fault, well I don't think it was!
On arrival we went to visitor centre and had a coffee of course,there the recent sightings board showed that there had been a Spoonbill there that morning, but as we had had a lie in, (another integral part of our trips is to catch up on some Zeds!!) we didn't give it a thought, until we sat down in the first hide (Jackson Hide) and there it was, our first bird of the trip and it was lifer! You can't ask for better than that. It was a fair distance away across the pools, but unmistakable: For the record a really poor long shot:
|Little Egret Hunting|
|There were about 20-30 avocets around the various pools|
|Loads of Rabbits around the dunes|
So day 3 we headed down the coast through Boston (Traffic was a pain, it should have only taken about 35 minutes, it took us nearly an hour) to Frampton Marsh. The weather improved a bit when we got there and the sun came out! Another great place, nice warm visitor centre with friendly RSPB volunteers. The visit got off to a good start again with Yellowhammer,,Tree Sparrows, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Tits at the feeders visible through the visitor centre window, whilst we had our first coffee! The visitor centre has great views across the lagoon, where Avocets, Lapwings and all manner of Ducks were showing, plus vast numbers of Hirundinidae and Swifts were to be seen.
There are number of good walks around the lagoons and meadows so we opted to walk around the lagoons visiting all the hides en route. Just a few highlights:
|You looking at me?|
|Britain has got the Ahhh Factor!|
|Tree Sparrows Hanging Out|
|By Gad.. its a Little Egret|
|The real thing was better!|
|Sedge Warbler, first one for 2012|