Today was the West Midland Bird Club's monthly coach trip, this time to RSPB Frampton Marsh. With spring finally arriving and a good weather forecast we had high hopes for the day, and were not disappointed!
The highlight of the day was probably a female merlin tucking into her prey (we thought probably a lapwing due to the profusion of black and white feathers) on the ground in the wet meadow area. A lapwing would have been a sizeable adversary for her but as everyone knows merlins are well'ard. This must be a good spot for raptors as about 10 minutes later we also saw a female sparrowhawk doing the same thing!
|Brent geese loitering.|
|Little ringed plover.|
|Yellow wagtail struts his stuff!|
Some more pictures of the reserve and surroundings:
|Mmm, lovely saltmarsh.|
|Not as yellow as a yellow wagtail.|
And I did do some sketching too although it was a bit quick as there was so much to see, I didn't want to miss anything!
|Sketches of black-tailed godwit, gadwall, avocet and lapwing.|