A Hobby dashed across the A17 on the way
Our main quarry for the day was the moulting adult Stilt Sandpiper at Frampton Marsh and luckily it was in the bag within minutes of arrival from the visitor centre. Moving outside for better views (i.e. not through the glass window!) we soon learned of the finding of another yank wader on a nearby farm reservoir. After a walk of about half a mile we were very soon watching the lovely moulting adult Long-billed Dowitcher. Moving a bit closer along the edge of the water along a footpath we got some excellent views to confirm it was an adult and not a juv as had been reported. Within 15 minutes however it got up with a single Green Sandpiper and flew very high and strongly SE towards The Wash never to be seen again. A real jam-in! A neck-ringed Pink-footed Goose was also there plus 33 Little Grebes and a hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose.
Spending another hour and a half on the reserve we walked to North Scape where the Stilt Sandpiper had moved and was showing exceptionally well. Several Yellow Wagtails and 3 Little Ringed Plovers were also there while around the main scrape were also 1 Common Sandpiper, plenty of Ruff, Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwings, several Dunlin, c4 Snipe, 2 Wigeon and loads of Sand Martins.
Dragging ourselves away via a quick coffee in the visitor centre we decided to stop at Tydd Gote near Sutton Bridge on the way home where c40 Autumn Ladies Tresses were in flower and showing well. My 39th and final orchid sp of 2018
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Little Ringed Plover
Autumn Ladies Tresses