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10.30-5pm. 60 species seen.

1 bewicks swan showing very well in front of swan link hide amongst the 1000+ whoopers smile
tawny owl near kingfisher hide
3-4 buzzards, no other raptors seen by myself but another birder had a male hen harrier earlier.
1 stonechat, united utilities hide
2 oystercatchers
plenty of ruff scattered around
thousands of lapwings & pink footed geese around, thought I may of had a white fronted goose but it was getting darkhmm
plenty of birds around the feeders inc reed buntings & tree sparrows
several snipe flying around at dusk.
plus all usual stuff around.

just outside reserve a nice large flock of mostly corn buntings with few yellowhammers, 200+ fieldfares, 2 red legged partridges.
good day out & nice to meet & speak to sarfraz hayat, glad you eventually got the bewicks swan smile

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Yesterday Tuesday 7th January 2014. Bittern flushed from the reed bed



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Sat Jan 4th 10.00- 13.00 quiet people wise but good numbers of birds, highlight being

Peregrine Falcon

2 Tawny Owls at roost

Marsh Harrier

4 Buzzards

60+ Ruff

Little Egret

8 snipe

13 Tree Sparrow

Little Grebe

Barn Owl hunting along Red Cat Lane as we left

plus good numbers of usual wildfowl



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10.30-4.30pm 62 species seen

highlights...

1 juvenile peregrine falcon
1 marsh harrier
3-4 buzzards
1 raven
1 snipe
1 black tailed godwit
80+ ruff, maybe over 100
large numbers of whooper swans, pink footed geese, teal, wigeon, pintail & shelducks.
1 black swan flew in late on.
2 tawny owls around 4pm near kingfisher hide.
lots of tree sparrows spread around, majority of them at the infocus shop.
plus all usuals around

40+ corn buntings, 5 red legged partridges & 1 treecreeper just of the reserve.
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Sunday 17th November 9.30-13.00

A good mornings birding at a damp and murky Martin Mere. Highlights included:

3 Peregrine Falcons all lined up on fence posts
2 Marsh Harriers
1 Tree Sparrow on feeders
Whooper Swans
Pintails
1 Snipe
6 Ruff
Lots of Teal and Lapwings
Plus the usuals.

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Friday pm. Short visit to watch the 3pm feed.

Whooper Swan 600+
Goldeneye 1f
Black Swan 1...phew, that was a long flight!
Pochard 3
Ruff 50+
Peregrine 1
Cormorants
Tree Sparrow 1
Greylag Geese
Plus lots of other species, as usual.

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Yet again the curse of Internet rumours, misinformation and knee-jerk reactions comes to the fore and I have to admit to feeling that WWT had a perfectly reasonable explanation for it all but I sincerely thank them for coming in here and clearing it all up. Hopefully it also comes as a reminder to ensure as much as feasibly possible , that any information posted on this forum is factually correct.

And now it's all cleared up; on with the bird sightings smile

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Thanks for explanation-much appreciated as was the e-mail you sent me today.
cheers John

At the Mere Today
Large Number of Whooper Swans-800+ I would think
Peregrine - 2 adult and 1 Juv
Ruff-c40
Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard
Plenty of Pink footed Geese
Marsh Harrier-2
plus the usual's



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Dear All,

My attention has been drawn to this site by one of our volunteers and I notice that several of you have already sent e-mails to Martin Mere on the issue of our new closing times. Some of the comments on this forum are erroneous but in this world of rapid communication tools such as forums, facebook and twitter it is not surprising to see chinese whispers getting a little out of hand. I have responded to all five complaints that have been received at Martin Mere over this issue and will always respond to inquiries (the nature of the job means that sometimes it may take a few days). So, in the interests of fairness could I please ask that if any of you ever have any issue with anything that we do at Martin Mere, please contact us formally before posting erroneous information. I don't think it helps anybody when members post forum comments that accuse me or any other staff of "charging anyone who gets locked in 50 for him to come out and open the gates", which as you will read below is untrue.

I will explain below why we have made our decisions and I apologise to those of you who have already read this as part of my individual repsonses to you but I see there are other members of this forum who would probably like to know the full facts of the situation.

We have decided that this winter we will close at 4.30pm for a number of reasons. This has been an operational decision that has been taken with a great deal of thought, research and reference to all the different departments at Martin Mere and consultation with other centres across the UK.

1. In previous years, throughout the winter, the numbers of visitors cars on the car park after 4.30pm has been extremely low, if any at all. This October we actually monitored numbers and, during week days especially, there were sometimes no visitors left after 5.30pm. Due to the clocks going back, 5.30 has become 4.30 and it is getting dark at this time. In short, the figures show that there is not enough demand to keep the site open, in winter, after 4.30pm.

2. Looking at data from the previous winter, there was little, if any, activity in the shop or cafe after 4pm. These operations were running at a loss and so it has been decided that it would be best to close them at 4.30pm.

3. Unfortunately, in recent years, working practices at Martin Mere have not moved with the relevant legislation. We now have to operate with respect to lone working legislation, which means that we are unable to keep the site open with just one member of staff remaining on site. Lone working, after dark, on a site like ours, is bad enough for big men such as myself, but some of our duty managers are women (and in one case a pregnant woman) and it is unacceptable to have them wandering around, in the dark, locking up. This means we now have to keep two members of staff on duty to lock up. When you consider points one and two, the overwhelming majority of days would see us having a staff to visitor ratio of 100% or greater, which any organisation could not justify.

4. I would love to be able to keep the barriers open and let birders make their own way to and fro but it has been reported to me that experience in the past has shown that the car park is abused by other people indulging in anti-social activities.

On the other question of paying 50 if you are locked in; this has not been decided and will not take immediate effect. Again, due to legislation, we cannot allow a single member of staff to return to work to let somebody out of the car park, who has stayed past the closing time. As a result, we are about to employ a keyholding company to attend to such situations. It is an individual's responsibility to abide by opening and closing times and so we would hope that no birdwatchers would ever find themselves in such a position. However, in such an event, it will now cost WWT the best part of 50 for the keyholding company to let somebody out and I am sure that our membership would not want their subscriptions being used to pay for this, as it would be nobody else's fault but that of the individual locked in. For the sake of our membership, we would therefore be looking, in the future, to recoup at least some, if not all, of that cost, which I do not think is unreasonable. We would not and have never charged anybody, if it was just a member of staff that was required to return but this option is no longer available.

Having said the above, I have had a small number of complaints this week and, as a birder myself, there is nothing I'd rather not do than prevent people from observing our wildlife. I visited the hides last night and, although the big groups of geese departed for Norfolk before the clocks went back, a large group of about around 1000 birds came in at 4.50pm. A second, smaller group came in at 5pm. Swans were coming in, in drabs and drabs, from 3.30pm on. Nothing happened after 5pm and by 4.45pm it was pretty much dark anyway. Obviously, as we move through the winter, the times of geese flying in to roost and the deteriorating light will become earlier. Our warden has told me that may times during the winter, the main body of geese comes in between 3.30pm and 4pm, while he is doing his swan talk in the hides.

Taking all the above into account, we have to run the site balancing legislation, security and finances with demand for particular activities, at particular times. As a result, we will continue to close the site at 4.30pm. However, from Monday, we will now allow the car park barriers to remain open until 5pm and this should enable visitors to see the geese coming in on the overwhelming majority of winter evenings. After this time, we would have to pay extra wages for two staff to stay on late. This extra expense is roughly the equivalent of one membership and, for many winter days, that membership would be spent allowing just one visitor (if any) to stay late, when it is dark and there is nothing more to see. I'm sure our members would not want us to spend an entire membership for this purpose.

I hope you can understand and appreciate why these decisions have been made, that they have been made very carefully and also that we have now responded to a small number of comments to find a way mutually acceptable way forward.

Nick Brooks




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I have had a response from WWT which explains the situation and rational behind the change. As a result of the correspondence they have had from a number of members the car park barriers will not be locked until 17:00. Fair enough and good that they have listened to an extent.

Sadly one reason this change has been forced on them is 'in the past has shown that the car park is abused by other people indulging in anti-social activities', one can only guess what that is! The other being working legislation and I totally agree they have to abode by this, no matter how restrictive it may be.

I'm there next weekend.

Cheers

Phil

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simon ghilks wrote:

Come on chaps Mike said it "the reserves all about the geese and swans". Surely its more important to know that wildlife is there than actually seeing it. Our subscriptions are crucial for providing a safe habitat and refuge for wildlife to thrive so that our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren etc. will have the opportunity to witness these amazing animals.





Simon

You make a very valid point which I wouldn't disagree with.

However there are a lot of, in my view, equally important conservation organisations - RSPB, BTO, Birdlife International, Lancashire Wildlife Trust to name just a few.

I simply can't afford to be a member of all of them. My decision as to which I support is going to be, at least partly, influenced by things like opening times of reserves and how that affects my ability to visit the reserves.

Cheers,

Phil

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Phil Barnett wrote:

After reading the discussion regarding Martin Mere's new "throwing out time" I too, sent an email to WWT HQ.

This was Tuesday - I haven't had a reply. I was wondering if anyone who sent an email to WWT has had one.

I'm a bit surprised that they wouldn't bother replying to a WWT member who's unsure whether renew their membership or not.

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No- no reply and for someone who's been a member since 1977,it seems a bit mean not to reply.

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After reading the discussion regarding Martin Mere's new "throwing out time" I too, sent an email to WWT HQ.

This was Tuesday - I haven't had a reply. I was wondering if anyone who sent an email to WWT has had one.

I'm a bit surprised that they wouldn't bother replying to a WWT member who's unsure whether renew their membership or not.

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I checked with the reserve and indeed they will be closing at 16.30 for the winter period, 4 November to 30 March as it says on their website. They say that they will not lock cars in the car park, but I can't imagine wanting to be there later than the closing time in any case as the spectacle of the Geese coming into roost is usually over around sunset time.

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Come on chaps Mike said it "the reserves all about the geese and swans". Surely its more important to know that wildlife is there than actually seeing it. Our subscriptions are crucial for providing a safe habitat and refuge for wildlife to thrive so that our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren etc. will have the opportunity to witness these amazing animals.

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Depressing but all too familiar tale of modern Britain

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Ivan Ellison wrote:

Anyone visiting during the winter , be aware that the place now shuts at 1630hrs. Manager was locking the car park gates at this time. there is talk of him looking at charging anyone who gets locked in 50 for him to come out and open the gates. Think it appalling that they should lock up so early when this is the best time to visit in winter to see the 1,000's of geese coming into roost. Send complaints to WWT head office to see if they will change his decision or introduce a car exit that is not locked/automatic opening .





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Many thanks for posting this, I may have been caught out at weekend!

I will write to them today and see what response I get, if it negative then I'll cancel my membership as its used for this reserve primarily. This means I;d never visit again as the daily entrance fees are extortionate.

STOP PRESS - enquiry sent, if this is permanent then I will very shortly be an ex member, sad after many years but that is the only way I can express my feelings about this change.

Its seems that the primary objective of some reserves is the maximisation of generated income from shops and cafes and the birds are secondary. I'm amazed that another reserve, to be nameless otherwise a protracted debate will ensue, has closed a car parking area which held c.20 cars. The other car park is continually full.

Phil

-- Edited by Phil Hampson on Tuesday 5th of November 2013 07:23:38 AM

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In terms of viewing the geese and swans coming in, there are more distant views from a couple of the minor roads to the west and north, with the advantage of having the sun behind you, but it does seem a shame that the general public, who won't know - or won't bother- about finding other viewpoints, will miss out, given that the whole point of this reserve was the geese and swans.

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Ivan Ellison wrote:

Anyone visiting during the winter , be aware that the place now shuts at 1630hrs. Manager was locking the car park gates at this time. there is talk of him looking at charging anyone who gets locked in 50 for him to come out and open the gates. Think it appalling that they should lock up so early when this is the best time to visit in winter to see the 1,000's of geese coming into roost. Send complaints to WWT head office to see if they will change his decision or introduce a car exit that is not locked/automatic opening .





I agree Ivan, its a real shame that as many people have always stopped beyond closing, and you could stay up to 6pm as long as you let yourself out, but for them to lock the car park at 4.30pm,seems to smack of get as many in as possible ,feed the birds then throw you out. I have always thought the 9.30 opening at the morning is a bad joke, but to get you off that car park at 4.30,seems madness as the best sights at the Mere is the Geese and swans coming in at Dusk. Another good place bites the dust for me, if that's the case.
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I have already sent my complaint in to WWT HQ, lets see what they say.

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Ivan Ellison wrote:

Anyone visiting during the winter , be aware that the place now shuts at 1630hrs. Manager was locking the car park gates at this time. there is talk of him looking at charging anyone who gets locked in 50 for him to come out and open the gates. Think it appalling that they should lock up so early when this is the best time to visit in winter to see the 1,000's of geese coming into roost. Send complaints to WWT head office to see if they will change his decision or introduce a car exit that is not locked/automatic opening .





I agree Ivan, its a real shame that as many people have always stopped beyond closing, and you could stay up to 6pm as long as you let yourself out, but for them to lock the car park at 4.30pm,seems to smack of get as many in as possible ,feed the birds then throw you out. I have always thought the 9.30 opening at the morning is a bad joke, but to get you off that car park at 4.30,seems madness as the best sights at the Mere is the Geese and swans coming in at Dusk. Another good place bites the dust for me, if that's the case.
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Anyone visiting during the winter , be aware that the place now shuts at 1630hrs. Manager was locking the car park gates at this time. there is talk of him looking at charging anyone who gets locked in 50 for him to come out and open the gates. Think it appalling that they should lock up so early when this is the best time to visit in winter to see the 1,000's of geese coming into roost. Send complaints to WWT head office to see if they will change his decision or introduce a car exit that is not locked/automatic opening .

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The Pink-Footed Geese are here now in very large numbers - a very impressive sight winkwink (wink-wink)

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thought I would be a crazy fool & try my luck in the wind & rain, glad I did. 11-4.30pm 52 species seen

ron barker hide

1 little stint smile
2 curlew sandpipers
4 dunlin
20+ ruff
1 possibly little ringed plover
2 snipe, several more flying around

main mere

1 imm/fem garganey, andy bunting put me onto it, later on at harrier hide what looked like another with a more prominent white through the eye, hmm
4 avocets
3 snipe

2 marsh harriers
5 little grebes
no signs off the pink footed geese, but 6 resident ones with the greylags & Canada geese at ron barker hide, but 3 at harrier hide which did later fly off south.
plenty of teal, wigeon & gadwall,
1 pintail, hale hide
5 red legged partridges outside of reserve.



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Good deal on Rock FM website at the moment...14.90 for 2 adults and 2 children.
http://www.rockfm-offers.co.uk/martinmere

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10-6pm

1 yellow wagtail & 12 corn buntings seen in fields opposite reed bed walk on the way into reserve.

1 juvenile cuckoo on way to harrier hide sitting on the perimeter fence smile

harrier hide..

1 green sandpiper
1 little egret
1 oystercatcher
1 pochard
2 tufted duck
4 gadwall
2 little grebes
1 kestrel
2 wigeon
60+ lapwings

ron barker hide..

1 greenshank, flew in around 3pm on vinsons did not stay long & flew off high 15 mins later.
1 ruff
2 black tailed godwits
2 pintails possibly more

other birds around..

at least 6 buzzards
2-3 marsh harriers
1 sparrowhawk
3 oystercatchers
2 great spotted woodpeckers
2 blackcaps
1 chiffchaff
1 whitethroat
2 reed buntings
plus usuals around.

1 hare
1 stoat climbing trees at kingfisher hide
smilesmile

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Sat 29th June 10am-5pm

A late attempt to find the Bluethroat as I heard there was some suspicion it was still present but keeping low. I covered a few miles (iPhone distance app) and aswell as the main reserve I also did the public paths that run round the outside of the duck gardens to Harrier Hide (Cuckoo reported here day before but I didn't get one), then the path opposite that takes you into the fields but no luck.

Birds of note:
Kingfisher Hide / Wooded Area
4 Whitethroat
Approx 15-20 Tree Sparrow's (some juv)
I Reed Warbler
Kingfisher reported but I missed it

Ron Barker Hide
3 Redshank
3 Black Tailed Godwits (in orangey red summer plumage)
1 Peregrinne over
15 Avocet
2 pairs of Oystercatcher

Swan-Link Hide ...usuals

Janet Kier Hide
A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on feeder
A few Stock Dove

Harrier Hide very quiet...usuals

United Utilities Hide very quiet
Of note...a few Redshank, Lapwing and Oystercatcher

Pat Wisniewski Reedbeds
4 Reed Warblers (more heard)
2 Oystercatcher over
2 Buzzards circling near the viewing screens
1 Kestrel
A few Reed Buntings

As a general note...the stand out species today has to be Shelduck. They were seen at most of the hides and virtually all had young ranging from very small downy ducklings up to Moorhen size.
A Wren carrying nest material into a half built nest inside the Swan-Link Hide.
As Chris Brown says...it is expensive though, 11.10 !!!


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Firstly, thanks to everyone's help re' access arrangements. I went today and there was no sign of the bluethroat between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. As it transpired I only had a tenner on me (11 odd - I nearly passed out) so was forced to take the public footpath. This actually worked a treat and brought me very close to the viewing area. The only real birds of note were a cuckoo and a corn bunting. I got very rained on too.

Thanks again, Chris

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Chris if you don't know the reserve, and to avoid any confusion by my mention of the Janet Keer hide in my Thursday post; it is just after that, before you reach the Harrier hide where you turn right to head out to the area where the bird is, following the signs that were apparently put up yesterday.



-- Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 22nd of June 2013 10:35:39 AM

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You do not have to wait , if you walk to the Harrier Hide and take the track to the right for a mile you will eventually get to the area and there should be a few people , including a member of staff to put you right and there are signs with Bluethroat written on the path, good luck


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Chris if it's any help the folks on the reception will give you directions, almost certainly the same as in my post yesterday evening. I walked out to the site alone, there was a member of the WWT present the whole time I was out there, I think that's what they mean by accompanied. There was plenty of room out there for everyonewink



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Thanks for that Gordon, the reserve it is then (if the weather is reasonable anyway). When I get on to the reserve, do I have to wait until the next available escort party and are numbers per group limited?

Thanks again, Chris

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Hi Chris, there is only access to the area the Bluethoat favours when accompanied by a member of staff. The public footpath is still a fair distance from the viewing area. Tonight a guided walk is starting from the car park at 8.00pm. Further walks may be arranged if possible (info will be on the website or MMWWT facebook)

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I've just looked at the OS map and seen a public right of way that seems to look feasible. Does anyone know if I can access the location without actually going into Martin Mere WWT?

Thanks, Chris

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Anyone thinking of going for the White-spotted Bluethroat should be prepared for a longish walk out onto the moss where it has taken up residence amongst the brash piles along the farm track from the Janet Kerr hide. The brash piles are on the left just before two big heaps of freshly dumped soil/earth. Furthermore it's not the easiest of birds to find. I was there for 3 hours early afternoon and managed a very brief view when it was perched up on one of the piles. Also present of interest:- Common Whitethroat, Marsh Harrier(f), Sedge Warbler and Sparrowhawk.

Nice to see other forum members:- Scott Reid, Alan Patterson and Andy Swift.



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Though of course I don't mind users of the forum advertising their own personal blogs etc, I would much rather it was done with some information about the bird, even such as when the sightings was/where/access arrangements etc first and foremost. Users merely using the forum to publicise themselves is unfortunately adding little value to it I'm afraid.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 20th of June 2013 05:08:57 PM

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White-spotted Bluethroat at Martin Mere WWT, my pics are not going to win any competitions but what a stunning little bird and a great new tick! CRACKING LITTLE STUNNER

I arrived just after 920 and was lucky enough to see the bird before it dipped off around 1130ish only calling from behind the piles of brash, access was from near the harrier hides public footpath.

http://austinmorley.blogspot.co.uk/ - as I am unable to upload or share and show any photos to anyone who was unable to make it or see the bird then please have a look it has pictures (:



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White spotted Bluethroat being reported on WWT Martin Mere website.
Found late wednesday evening by the Head Warden.



also quail reported along curlew lane

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10.00 - 13.00, Highlights.

Great views of a male Marsh Harrier hunting low over the reed beds.

Avocet 9
Black Tailed Godwit 10
Oystercatcher 5
Ringed Plover 2
Redshank
Widgeon 2
Cuckoo heard only
Buzzard 2



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2 red legged partridge (12.15) ron barker hide
site tick for me
otherwise pretty quiet

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Popped in this morning after a ringing demonstration at Mere Sands Woods in the hope of seeing my second stint sp in 2 days. Unfortunately not to be however amongst the more usual fare were 14 Knot including one in summer plumage and a single Grey Plover. All birds flew off NNW.
Speaking to the Infocus guys could well be the largest Knot flock they've had


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Early morning visit this morning starting a 5.30.

Despite the cold cloudy start plenty of good birds in song.
Blackcap
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler (after some time staring at reeds)
Grasshopper Warbler
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Yellow Wagtail
Marsh Harrier
Corn Bunting
House Sparrow (a reserve rarity)
Whitethroat
Kestrel
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Dunlin
Curlew Sandpiper (2)

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Crossbills around first thing today, but seemed to disappear shortly after. I certainly didn't see them. More luck with the Spoonbill from United Utilities hide.

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No Spoonbill for myself and Tony Darby but the much more unlikely site tick of 1 male and 2 female Crossbills

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Excellent views of the Spoonbill from the United Utilities Hide this morning. It was standing-room only in a hide that is normally empty. Marsh Harrier, Little Egret and lots of Avocets were other highlights.

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Martin Mere 31st March 2013 10.00 - 16.45

Whooper Swan
Oystercatcher
Widgeon
Lapwing
Pink Footed Goose
Tree Sparrow
Black Headed Gull
Coot
Shelduck
Common Buzzard
Teal
Avocet
Black Tailed Godwit
Ruff
Ringed Plover
Pheasant
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Canada Goose
Wood Pigeon
Moorhen
Starling
Chaffinch
Mallard
Carrion Crow
Goldfinch
Kestrel
Magpie
Blackbird
Greenfinch
Wren
Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Pintail
Cormorant
Shoveler
Redshank
Greylag Goose
Great Black Backed Gull
Meditteranean Gull
Robin
Mistle Thrush
Great Tit
Reed Bunting
Stock Dove
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Common Gull
Tufted Duck
Pochard
Snipe
Grey Heron
Gadwall

Cheers

Karl

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Martyn Jones wrote:

Sean Molloy wrote:

Still about 1400 Whopper Swans


They must be the Gigantus race then





Hahaha, I spent about 10 minutes trying to work out what you meant until I finally spotted my spelling mistake.

Some of them were quite big though...

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Sean Molloy wrote:

Still about 1400 Whopper Swans


They must be the Gigantus race then



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Meant to write this up yesterday.

19/2/13 11.15am - 4.30pm

20-30 Avocets
4 Ringed Plovers
Still about 1400 Whooper Swans
Didn't count the Greylags but there were still a lot where as the Pink-footed numbers seem a lot less
60+ Ruff
Black-tailed Godwits
Oystercatchers
Lapwings
2 Buzzards
All the usual at Janet Keir including a Brambling which I unfortunately didn't see but the rest of the party did
400+ Teal, had my eyes peeled for a green winged one but to no avail
Pochards
Widgeon
Shellducks
Pintails
Ended the day on a brief but fantastic viewing of the Barn Owl at Ron Barker having a mid-air fight with a Kestrel!

Sean

-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Thursday 21st of February 2013 04:49:28 PM

-- Edited by Sean Molloy on Thursday 21st of February 2013 04:50:01 PM

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Few hours this afternoon

5 Avocets sleeping on the mere (first returning birds)
70 Ruff
Dunlin
54 Oystercatcher
4 Black-tailed Godwit
Barn Owl
8 Buzzard
3 Peregrine
5 Corn Bunting - sat in a tree in farm land opposite the entrance
2 Yellowhammer

Plus the usual Whoopers and other wildfowl

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