Yesterday, Started off with a first visit to a local site, Mapperely Resevoir (derbyshire) which is part of shipley country park. Had superb views of sepearte nuthatch gathering food just a few feet above me, very quiet birdwise here but ended on seeing sparrowhawks quite well indeeed. We then went to Straws Bridge which is not very far from my house, to connect with the Great Reed Warbler, this was my 2nd visit as my 1st one only gave me very brief views, yesterday was much better, saw it incredibly well and admired its amazing song. Later on yesterday evening my brother and i set off to frampton marsh rspb in hope of seeing the oriental pratincole. On the way there the pager beeped for a temmincks stint also at frampton marsh, so a potential of new birds for me. As we arrived i spoke to 1 person, only to be told that the pratincole had been staying low down on an island for the last hour or so and was also told noone had picked the temminks up either. I was wondering if we had got there a little to late, but within 5 minutes of sitting down in 360 hide, a gentleman to the right of me picks up the temmincks! And literallly a minute or so after that, the pratincole put on a superb ariel display for us! So in the end perfect timing! Also present was a male marsh harrier, and it was just great to see and hear the avocets along with plenty of dunlin, little ringed and ringed plovers and all the other usual waders. Finishing off with a view of Wood Sandpiper as the evenng light dimmed. A nice end to a superb birding day.
This was my first visit to frampton marsh, and it really is an impressive area and one i shall certainly be going back too. Unfortunately no pictures for myself to document the day, as my cann 350d died on me on saturday!