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RE: Marton Mere LEO


Ok, I,ve been trying to see LEO's all winter, I going to go to the Mere this coming weekend. Could you please point me in the right direction to see the LEO's at the Mere. This will be my final tick for the English owls. I'm going try and get some good pictures while I am there.

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Steve


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5 Long Eared Owls present today.

Managed to see 4 of them, with one of the Owls in particular giving a fabulous view.

Then went to see Slavonian Grebe and Great-Grey Shrike at two other sites not too far away from there on the way home.

A great days birding.


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Went to see the LEOs yesterday. Eventually found them (after getting help from a woman who we spoke to last year!) - they were in a different place from where they were said to be last year. Unfortunately the birds were in quite dense cover, but we managed to make out four birds.

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Superb views of two LEO's this morning - in a small bush 30 feet from a path. Unfortunately some little *****ers have been throwing sticks and stones at the birds (from the Ranger) - they are now harder to find.

Also 28 Bewicks Swans and 7 Whoopers down the road at Lytham Moss.

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Going off past years, anyone any idea of how long they are likely to hang around for??




We went on 16 Feb last year to see them, but we missed them by several days. We will be trying to get up to see them either this week Friday coming, or the one after.



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I need to get up there to see them.

Don't know if I can make it this month but might try in February.

Going off past years, anyone any idea of how long they are likely to hang around for??

Cheers

Phil

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Went today with work friend, 3 L.E.O. still present in same place as my last post .
Cheers Ian

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Went this a.m. with Peter Johnson, spent 2ish hours searching for the owls with no luck. About to leave at 12ish (I had to get back to watch City) when asked a birder if he had seen any. He immediately pointed out 2, which gave good views(once you knew where to look) and Peter then found a 3rd. Fantastic, probably made all the better because we had given up hope!! another new bird for mebiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Thanks to all who took the trouble to offer advice.
Happy New Year
Cheers Ian

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When we've seen them in past years with oldham birders they seem to have been more to the east end of the hawthorns quite near to where the footpaths cut off from the bridleway to round the eastern end of the Mere. Apparently there was another roost nearer to the west end, which was where we were sent a couple of years back by locals who referred to it as "the usual spot", but we've never seen them there.

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Cheers Daverochdale.
If I fail now I'll probably never see them.smile.gif

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Im at uni in blackpool and go to the mere alot, had 3 LE Owls the other day sat next to each other, once you know where they are you never really miss them - its telling people the hawthorn where they usually are thats the problem!

I park off Chain Lane (Staining) on a small road called The Nook. Then follow the bridlepath down towards the mere to around SD343354, here you are on the bridleway with the golf course behind you and the mere infront (the bridleway runs west) - with lots of hawthorn in the way. Its just a matter of looking through them until you find an owl shape blob. There is a path that takes you around the mere but you see the owls from the bridlepath. If all else fails, ask any birder there they should know.

Probably doesnt make any sense but hope its some help.

Dave

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Thanks a lot for advice, a Long Eared Owl would be a first for me.
Cheers Ian

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In the winter months you can get to the mere by going into "Marton Mere Caravan Park" think it's a Haven camp or something like that. You can drive through the caravans and park up near the metal hide. Need to check in with the security guy at the entrance.

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Not been for a while now but there was always a warden on site next to a great big blue metal container, plus a notice board with sighting on it, failing that i am sure you will bump into a local and someone will point you in right directionbiggrin.gif
have a good day keep birding

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Thinking of going to Marton Mere near Blackpool in the next couple of days as Long Eared Owls are reported as being present. Does anyone know the place?, i.e. where am I likely to find the owls?. Any help/advice gratefully received.
Cheers Ian

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