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2 Bearded Tits heard, 1 of which was seen.
Cetti's Warbler 1 heard.
Marsh Harrier 3
Buzzard 3
Kestrel 2
Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine 1
Ruff
Black-tailed Godwit
Goldeneye 1
Snipe 2
Plenty of the usual wildfowl.
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55 species in total.

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Hi Gordon, that was my sighting yesterday. I had hoped to see the recent Hen Harrier but a Bittern was quite some compensation, even if it was a brief view. I had a nice day, managed 59 for the day including the walk to and from Burscough.

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Bittern seen in flight over the reed bed, Wednesday 24th October 2018.



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Wood End Marsh 15 Whooper Swans



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Any ideas if the Bittern bred here at all?  I know back in April and May they had a booming bird and maybe 2 caught on a camera trap but then there was no mention except the Inner Reedbed walk opening again? 



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Very blustery day spent round here today:

Sedge warbler, tree sparrow, sand martin, house martin, swallow
2 raven
1 kingfisher
150+ teal
20+ gadwall
5 shoveler
7 tufted duck
1 pochard
20+ shelduck
5 little grebe
1 great crested grebe
170+ lapwing
1 snipe
1 ruff
1 black-tailed godwit
1 little egret
8+ grey heron
1 or 2 great black-backed gull
1 sparrowhawk
1 buzzard

Little over the farmland on the walk from the station, with the following perhaps most notable:

1 chiffchaff
13 tree sparrow
1 corn bunting

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Highlights included:

Hobby 1 hawking dragonflies,etc.
Cuckoo 1 heard.
Ruff 2
Common Tern 2
Water Rail 1 heard on reed bed walk.
Reed Warbler 10+ singing.
Cetti's Warbler 1 singing.
Sedge Warbler 2 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Avocets.
Black-tailed Godwits.
Reed Buntings 10+ singing.
Pochard 1m 1f plus 2 juvs.
Shelducks with many juvs.
Buzzard 4
Kestrel 2
Shovelers
Teal(s)
etc.etc.etc.

Also a Corn Bunting singing from a wire on Fish Lane.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 13th of June 2018 09:59:05 PM

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10:00-16:00 with granddaughter enjoying activities with a bit of birding

Harrier hide at least 1 booming Bittern fem sparrowhawk hunting

In grounds at least 2 singing Chiffchaffs

Mere c 120 black tailed godwits
C 20 Whooper swans

Ron barker hide

2 Buzzards male Kestrel
Black tailed godwit c 60
Ruff 3
Avocet c 12



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 4th of April 2018 07:31:11 AM

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Monday 02nd April 2018 - 15.00 - 16.00 - Cold and raining:  Dunnock, Snipe, Blue Tit, Cole Tit, Jay, Wren, Tree Sparrows, Greylag Geese, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Whooper Swans.

 



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Bitterns - 2 booming from the reed bed most days. 1 seen in flight from the Harrier Hide over the week end.



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Enjoyable day spent around here today. Counts:

1 chiffchaff heard singing
13+ tree sparrow (with a couple in and out of nest boxes)
1 raven
c120 teal
20+ wigeon
4 gadwall
15+ shoveler
17+ pintail
25+ tufted duck
8+ pochard (6+ male, 2 female, pair seen mating)
25+ shelduck
6 pink-footed geese
31 whooper swan
2 mute swan
c4 little grebe
c10 lapwing
6 redshank
1 ruff
1 snipe
85+ black-tailed godwit
60 avocet
45+ oystercatcher
1 little egret
5+ grey heron
c400 black-headed gull, with courtship from several pairs
1 Mediterranean gull
1 kestrel
5+ buzzard

Walk from station to reserve; always an enjoyable part of the day:

Greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch
1 reed bunting
1 yellowhammer
1 corn bunting singing
1 meadow pipit
3 pied wagtail
2 skylark singing
9+ fieldfare
30+ rook
1 red-legged partridge
2 shelduck
2 lapwing
500+ black-headed gull
4 - 6 Mediterranean gull
4 - 7 common gull
40+ lesser black-backed gull
13 herring gull

As that list implies, two good sized gull flocks in fields being ploughed; Mediterranean gulls present in both (2 each), though a good couple of hundred birds flew from one field to the other as I walked between them (first flock in excess of 400 black-headed gull alone), so could have been the same pair; also two separate birds over nearer the reserve.

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 1st of April 2018 10:52:43 PM

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Lunchtime / early pm visit in brightening conditions. 1 x barn owl hunting along the fence line out on Vinsons Marsh. Avocets feeding from the pools in front of Ron Barker, also 3 x little egret from Kingfisher / Ron Barker and later 1 at United Utilities. Much tree sparrow activity in the nestboxes along the footpaths but the mere itself looking a lot quieter a scattering of whooper swans, a big huddle of black-tailed godwits on one of the islands and 2 x Mediterranean gulls on the small spit to the left of Raines Observatory. Just inside the collection area the first mallard brood I've seen this year, six ducklings.

On homeward journey a female sparrowhawk in unsuccessful pursuit of a woodpigeon through Parbold village.

 



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Bittern booming from the reed bed this morning



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12-3pm Today:
-422 Teal
-394 Wigeon
-390 Shelduck
-381 Pink-Footed Geese
-372 Lapwing
-298 Whooper Swan
-225 Black-Headed Gulls
-195 Greylag Geese
-159 Mallard
-133 Pintail
-88 Starling
-87 Ruff
-75 Canada Geese
-47 Moorhen
-41 Avocet
-38 Coot
-36 Woodpigeon
-33 Feral Pigeon
-32 Cormorant
-28 Tufted Duck
-17 Black-Tailed Godwit
-16 Robin (14 Singing)
-15 Pochard
-15 Tree Sparrow
-14 Chaffinch (6 Singing)
-13 Oystercatcher
-11 Goldfinch
-11 Jackdaw
-8 Blue Tit
-7 Pheasant
-6 Greenfinch
-6 Mute Swan
-6 Reed Bunting
-4 Blackbird
-4 Buzzard
-4 Little Egret
-4 Wren (3 Singing)
-3 Gadwall
-3 Great Tit
-3 Grey Heron
-3 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls
-2 Carrion Crow
-2 Long-Tailed Tit
-2 Magpie
-2 Marsh Harrier
-2 Song Thrush
-2 Sparrowhawk
-1 Collared Dove
-1 Pied Wagtail
-1 Shoveler

50 species seen

c200 Whooper Swan, 7 Rook and pair of Grey Partridge in fields opposite Martin Mere.


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Enjoyable day spent around here today; Harrier Hide was being shut up when I arrived there, so no chance to stake out the reed bed there, even for a short time. Plenty to see, with thousands of birds on site. Lovely day for it, too. Highlights:

10+ tree sparrow
7 skylark
12+ stock dove
1 water rail
300+ teal
1 gadwall
4 shoveler
1,000+ wigeon
60+ pintail
15+ tufted duck
7 pochard
231+ shelduck
300+ pink-footed geese
297 whooper swan
1 little grebe
1,200+ lapwing
50+ ruff
c20 black-tailed godwit
4 avocet
24+ oystercatcher
2 little egret
1 grey heron
1 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel
1 peregrine
2+ buzzard
2 marsh harrier

Walk from Burscough Bridge station to reserve:

4+ tree sparrow
c15 linnet
40+ corn bunting
1 grey wagtail
65+ skylark (a couple up and singing)
70+ starling
c5 redwing
70+ fieldfare
3 mistle thrush
50+ rook
8+ stock dove
2 whooper swan over
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

Singing blackbird heard from platform when waiting for train home.


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Bittern booming from the reedbed today



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Early afternoon visit, bright but bitterly cold. Highlights :-

3 x marsh harrier quartering the fields in the strong wind, viewed from Raines Observatory.

Several pairs of pochard in front of Discovery Hide, also usual good numbers of pintail, shelduck, wigeon. Black-tailed godwit and ruff here also.

Little egret from the Ron Barker Hide.

Most feeding station activity was at Kingfisher and not Janet Kear hide - tree sparrow, greenfinch, goldfinch, 3 x male pheasant, great spotted woodpecker and a busy bank vole darting around right in front of the windows.

Reedbed Walk is closed at present.



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Yesterday 31st January 2018, a Bittern was seen from "Outer Reedbed Walk"



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Yesterday (Sunday 7th) Bittern reported from Ron Barker hide.



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around 1 degree but blue sunny skies today at Martin Mere.

Kingfisher Hide:
Tree Sparrows x7
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Chaffinch, Greenfinch (just one), Blackbird. Looked for this tree that is a regular roost for the tawny owl very carefully but could not spot it despite spending quite some time looking up around Kingfisher hide (upper and lower area). Is anyone able to describe the tree in more detail? (big ask i know!!).

Ron Barker Hide: Buzzard, Water Rail, Kestrel of note and regulars. No Kingfisher, Linnet or Egrets of any kind though this time.

Plenty of pink footed geese, quite a spectacle still, all three swans, Pintail, cormorants, Teal, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Song Thrush, 1 white farmyard looking goose, lapwing, Ruff.

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Early afternoon visit in misty and murky conditions. Sightings included :-

Kestrel showing well from Kingfisher and later even better from Ron Barker hides. Also 2x buzzard, 1 x peregrine

2 x little grebe in the dyke at the front of Ron Barker. Little egret also briefly seen here before it flew off to the adjacent farmland.

Large numbers of pintail, teal, shelduck, wigeon whooper swan and greylag goose on the mere, a handful of pochard and tufted duck. Pink-footed geese began accumulating on the outer marsh as the afternoon went on.

Ruff and lapwing in good numbers.

A stoat foraging along the bank in front of Ron Barker hide.



-- Edited by Jeff Gorse on Friday 22nd of December 2017 05:29:21 PM

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On Saturday I visited Martin Mere WWT for the first time in over 10 years!! Wow so much has changed. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised and didn't think that it felt so much like a theme park as I had done on my last visit. I was invited along by friends who are WWT members and for a change Carys & I had a day out there with them. Once away from the visitor centre and collection areas the hides were not too busy (apart from Swan Feed) and we really enjoyed it.

Highlights included a juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose from United Utilities Hide, found by GM's own Rob Adderley, nice to say hi to Rob & Sonia. A Barn Owl showed at dusk to just three of us in Rob Barker Hide, always a fabulous sight. A Water Rail was seen earlier from the same hide, showing well in the closest ditch. Other good birds were two Kingfishers, a Peregrine, a few Golden Plovers in with distant Lapwings, a couple of Marsh Harriers, several Goldeneye, a large flock of 40 or so Fieldfares, several of which landed near Ron Barker Hide, Cetti's Warbler, Tree Sparrows, large numbers of Ruff, and of course the sight & sound of thousands of Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans. 65 species seen, we mustn't leave it as long to come back again!



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Superb walk around the outskirts of the reserve this morning following the reedbed path.

Highlight was a flyover Hawfinch at 11.45, calling loudly and quite low. Also Marsh Harrier, Chiffchaff by sewerage works, 1000 Whooper Swan, 2000 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Fieldfare, Kingfisher. 

Intriguingly, a very grey looking snipe like bird was flushed out of  a field by a Common Buzzard , flew above my head, and looked bigger than a Common Snipe. Bill was huge, in my mind looked good for Long Billed  Dowitcher,  but couldn't clinch it with a rump view.



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Mid to late afternoon visit encompassing the vast starling murmuration from Harrier Hide. Other sightings :-

Pintail and shelduck in ambundant evidence on the Mere along with good numbers of teal, wigeon, mallard, greylag. Handful of shoveler and pochard and single goldeneye (f). Relatively low numbers of whooper swan, less than 20 during the afternoon with the bulk out foraging in the surrounding farmland no doubt. Large flocks of pink-footed geese on the marsh with even larger skeins coming in as dusk fell.

Lapwing, black-tailed godwit, snipe and ruff in good numbers, the latter including a very striking bird with a totally white head and breast foraging at the Raines Observatory.

The Janet Kear feeders very quiet save for the omnipresent rat brood. However Kingfisher Hide was busier with fieldfare and redwing in the surrounding trees and goldfinch, tree sparrow and chaffinch on the feeders.

Buzzard and kestrel seen over the Mere / along the entrance road.



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A fine day out and with 54 species, highlights included....

Close encounters of a treecreeper by the kingfisher hide, with goldcrest and, kingfisher, and along where the old Swan hide was, there was a snipe in full view along the waters edge giving me the best opportunity for some ace pictures in many years (a lapwing didn't like him and tried a few times to mob him), and there was a few skylarks over too. I was impressed with the number of cettis warblers on the reserve now as there was at least 4 individuals i know of. Reed buntings were seen at the feeders too!

Other birds to note was thousands and thousands of pink footed geese, usual pintail, wigeon, teal, gadwall, and a kestrel eating a vole on a post.

I was on foot this time from the station and the walk to the reserve added grey wagtail, house sparrow side by side with tree sparrows which was nice to see, mistle thrush and meadow pipit.

The only hitch was I couldn't get any lunch at all as the queues were unbelievable all day and only one till in operation, so ive unfortunately decided any future visits I will take my own lunch from now on!

Todays pics will be released starting next Friday as I've got all weeks to sort now!!!

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Long billed dowitcher spotted around 13:20. Distant mostly roosting views from United Utilities Hide against the light for the next hour and then I left.

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I was originally planning to visit Leighton moss but circumstances didn't permit that to happen. So influenced by the reports of the long billed dowitcher I went to Martin mere instead.

When I arrived i went straight to the United utilities hide before it got crowded, I was wrong to assume that, so as the dowitcher lifer would have been a bonus to my trip, I decided to do my rounds to enjoy the wildlife as I normally do but just before I did, someone upstairs said "found it", and everybody but me and another dashed upstairs (as it happens, it was a false alarm) but as I did my rounds, it made me wonder how many in that hide would have seen more then 40 species.....

Out of 52 species seen today, highlights included, A drake pochard posing whilst feeding close, little stint found twice in the day (new for my Martin mere list), 3 whooper swans seen, over 12 mute swans, Marsh harrier, a very pale lesser black backed gull adult, pintail, 14 stock doves, buzzard, skylark, meadow pipit, little grebe and 20+ snipe.

At from lunch tI'll 2:30, i went around the reedbed walk, I loved it as an addition to my usual rounds, when I got back to the United utilities hide, there was only 3 other people in it, so I sat down and guess what? The long billed dowitcher turned up, though briefly!! Many thanks to the guys who found it!!!! Gave reasonably good views and though many have said it's snipe like, it's surprisingly much different from the snipe if you know your waders well enough.

So a lifer and 2 reserve firsts, a bonus indeed!!!!!!!biggrin

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Day spent here today, mainly for the pink-footed goose extravaganza; not many seen in flight whilst walking from the train station (path from there still out of use, btw), but many thousands (10-12k?) on the reserve, frequently spooked and put up whilst blethering away to each other constantly, a lovely spectacle.

Best of the rest:

1 chiffchaff
4 Cetti's warbler heard, two on around a smallish pond (one on each side) as you enter from the farmland, and two on reed-bed walk.
c15 tree sparrow
1 kingfisher
10+ stock dove
1 water rail heard (reed-bed walk)
900+ teal
30+ gadwall
c25 shoveler
130+ wigeon
3 pintail
4 tufted duck
6 shelduck
12 whooper swan
4 mute swan
900+ lapwing
c30 ruff (including a stunning partially leucistic bird with a snow-white head and neck)
22 snipe
5 grey heron
1 great black-backed gull
1 kestrel
3+ buzzard
5 marsh harrier

Farmland from station to reserve:

3+ tree sparrow
7 linnet
1 reed bunting
12 corn bunting
7 meadow pipit
1 pied wagtail
1 grey wagtail
60+ skylark
3 jay
30+ rook
1 stock dove



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Saturday 7th mid to late morning visit in blustery showers. Sightings included :-

Large flocks of pink-footed geese, with skeins of multiple thousands flying over Southport at sunset

Approx 20 whooper swans now present. Numbers of wigeon and teal noticeably increased since my visit a few weeks previously, also small numbers of shelduck and shoveller.

Ruff in increased numbers.

Little grebe foraging on the pond at Ron Barker hide.

Tree sparrow, goldfinch, chaffinch and greenfinch in good numbers at Janet Kear, also single coal tit, smaller numbers of blue and great tit, 2 x grey wagtail and a brief flash of kingfisher over the pond. More brown rats on here than I've seen in a long time as well.

Kestrel being mobbed by crows over Kingfisher hide, also one hunting over the farmland adjacent to Reedbed Walk. Buzzard on the fence posts from United Utilities hide.



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Lunchtime / early afternoon visit in cloudy and breezy conditions before the rain. Lots of raptors recorded there of late - I picked up 2 marsh harriers and 4 buzzards (best viewed from Ron Barker or UU hides) and a kestrel over farmland from the Reedbed Walk.

Lots of greylag on the main mere and big build ups of pink-footed geese on the outer waters. Also good numbers of snipe, lapwing, ruff - largely out on the fields at present.

Goldfinch, tree sparrow, chaffinch and greenfinch competing with the mallards and rats on Janet Kear feeding station.

Wigeon, teal and pintail scattered amongst the mallard and greylag on the main mere - teal most abundant at present.



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Bittern seen in flight from the outer reed bed walk



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Visited last Sunday 16th:
Oystercatcher
Linnet x2
Buzzard
Kestrel
Tree Sparrows
Blue+Great+ long tailed tit
goldfinch
Chaffinch
the usuals

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Bittern seen today in flight and flying down into reedbed



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Spur of the moment visit on Sunday morning...

Cloudy, blustery day with a little drizzle.

My first hack around the new reed bed walk was rewarded with a flyover male cuckoo and charming Little Grebes. Reed buntings were still very vocal as were reed and sedge warblers.

The United Utilities hide affording views across Woodend Marsh gave up a pair of common terns, many black tailed godwits, avocets, swifts, house martins, etc. and was capped by a pair of SPOONBILL flying in. After an initial dive bomb welcome from the local lapwings the pair were allowed to settle. A Barn Owl was spotted hunting in the fields on the far side of the marsh. 11am, blustery and drizzle are not the BO's usual modus operandi and gives away hungry young mouths to feed. Numerous Tree Sparrows from the Kingfisher hide were the last tick on a 52 species day.

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Full morning visit in what started as utterly miserable, wet and windy conditions and eventually dried out a bit. Highlights :-

Cuckoo seen from Reedbed Walk, also much swift and house martin activity alongside the usual reed and sedge warbler and reed buntings.

Very busy at the Janet Kear feeding station with family broods of tree sparrow, blue tit, great tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, moorhen and mallard. Also a single great spotted woodpecker and greenfinch.

Across the reserve lots of young mallard, coot, moorhen and shelduck. Little egret seen from Kingfisher Hide along with good views of singing sedge warbler. Avocet, oystercatcher and black-tailed godwit. Two great black-backed gulls lurking ominously on the main water body.

Just off the reserve 4 x corn bunting and a hunting barn owl in the surrounding fields



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Day spent here today; absolutely belted it down on the walk to the reserve, and I was a hair-breadth away from giving it up as a bad job. Very glad I didn't. Highlights:

Station to reserve:

1 whitethroat
1 reed bunting
3 yellowhammer
12+ corn bunting
10+ house martin
3 pied wagtail
2 yellow wagtail
c10 skylark
4 rook
20+ stock dove
13 shelduck (in someone's garden)
c15 lapwing
1 oystercatcher
1 buzzard

Main reserve:

Goldcrest, chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, reed warbler, sedge warbler, Cetti's warbler, tree sparrow (lots), linnet, reed bunting (lots), swallow, house martin, skylark, song thrush, etc.
10+ swift
1 cuckoo
Moorhen and coot with broods.
1 teal
7 gadwall
3 shoveler
5 wigeon
1 pintail (female with damaged wing)
c15 tufted duck
5 pochard
79+ shelduck
3 mute swan
4+ little grebe
2 great crested grebe (one on nest)
1 ringed plover
30+ lapwing
1 little stint (first time I've seen one in spring plumage)
4 redshank
25 black-tailed godwit
14 avocet
5 oystercatcher (including one chick)
2 little egret
4 grey heron
1 little gull
300+ black-headed gull

Cracking day, with the new reedbed walk from the Harrier Hide an excellent addition (especially if you're partial to reed buntings; never seen so many outside a winter flock); spectacular views of the female cuckoo sat on a fence directly in front of the hide from here; very much the highlight. Fantastic day though it's been, I am, though, extremely glad to be out of my wet socks.

Worth noting, too, that if you're coming here by train, the path immediately from the station has been closed, so you now have to walk around the village to the level crossing; adds around 10-15 minutes to the walk.

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Mid-morning to lunchtime in overcast conditions.

Main reserve - scattering of avocets including a pair evidently preparing for a new brood. 2 male wigeon and 2 male shoveller mixed amongst the usual shelduck and mallard summer waterfowl.

Reedbed walk - far more productive. Large numbers of singing reed warbler and smaller numbers of sedge warbler and whitethroat. Little egret, grey heron, kestrel hunting over the adjacent farmland. Wren with fledged young and best sighting a female cuckoo patrolling the reedbeds directly across from the Harrier Hide, to the displeasure of the reed warblers.

Also a beautiful banded demoiselle near the United Utilities hide.



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I was working in the Southport area and stopped off at Martin Mere on the way back.  Nothing special to add - no rarities on the reserve and no passage migrants.  I was hoping to take some photographs of Warblers and any butterflies although it did not plan out that well.  Main targets were  Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Grasshopper Warbler- the latter reeling on the newly opened Reed bed Walk.  2-3 Brimstone butterflies and some Chaser dragonflies were nice to see.  Neither was in the mood to pose though. 

Martin Mere have opened up a new walk opposite the Harrier Hide - it can be accessed from here and loops through the reed bed and onto United Utilities Hide - I think you can get to the two viewing screens but that does not appear encouraged.   It adds a much better perspective to the reserve and enables those who spend too much time in cafes (me) to burn a few of those calories off.  Makes me wonder though any reason for so many bushes in the reed bed?  I am surprised a lot of it has not been cleared out to manage the place.    



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Booming bittern heard this morning. A bittern also seen around lunchtime near the harrier hide.



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An interesting visit yesterday with my family; totalling 50 species. Highlights includes 4 Mediterranean gulls (a couple of whic gave fantastic views), ringed plover, blackcap, tree sparrows close, redshank briefly close, pochard, and on a nice walk back to the station we had skylarks, corn bunting and a wonderful suprise- around half a dozen yellowhammers -a 1st Martin Mere area record for me!!

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This morning from the reedbed walk, a bittern seen in flight from the 2nd viewing screenn



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Visited the reserve from 10am until closing at 16.30, other than the first hour which was cloudy, the weather was dull, cool and misty, accompanied by a heavy drizzle.

Sightings similar to Shannon's below although probably saw in excess of 40 Ruff. Spent an hour or so from the Ron Barker Hide trying to find the Green winged Teal but failed miserably!

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Day spent around here today; some of the highlights:

Station to reserve:

3 linnet
Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch
3 reed bunting
6 yellowhammer
50+ corn bunting
1 pied wagtail
c25 skylark
2 mistle thrush
40+ rook
8 stock dove
1 snipe
1 - 3 buzzard

Main reserve:

15+ tree sparrow
1 song thrush
2 stock dove
1 green-winged teal
1,000+ teal
1,000+ wigeon
60+ pintail
c300 shelduck
12+ pochard
8 tufted duck
2 pink-footed geese
c70 whooper swan
2,500+ lapwing
11 snipe
5 ruff
17+ black-tailed godwit
2 little egret
28 cormorant
2 great black-backed gull
1 buzzard
All the usuals.

Otter from the Harrier Hide.



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10.30-2pm in murky conditions.

1 Mediterranean gull
1 buzzard
1 possibly 2 little egret
1 great black backed gull
1 tawny owl
1 goldcrest
20+ ruff
2 black tailed godwit
4 snipe
2 goldeneye
whooper swan
pink-footed goose
shelduck
pintail
wigeon
teal
pochard
shoveler
tufted duck
plenty of lapwings around
plenty of tree sparrows around
plus all the usuals around.



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By far this has been the best birding day out this year!!! With 55 species seen in total, the main highlights include; the dark phase snow goose which arrived on his own just before 11am and gave some belting views later from the kingfisher hide. The Green winged teal showed exceptionally well from the brook right outside the Ron barker hide at 3:30th also a female kingfisher in the morning along with 2 water rails in full view. Also a barn owl was seen close at dusk on New Lane as I was passing after leaving the centre. Other highlights included a little egret, merlin (distant), 3 buzzards, female marsh harrier, skylark, fieldfare, snipe, black tailed godwit (close) and a little grebe.... that's me for now- many thanks.

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10-4pm

1 green-winged teal, found it preening at first on the grass inbetween vinsons & sunleys from the ron barker hide then feeding with the other teals on the back of sunleys.
3 buzzards
1 sparrowhawk
2 kestrels
1 kingfisher
1 little egret
as you would expect at this time of year there was big numbers of wildfowl....
pink-footed geese
whooper swans
shelducks
teal
wigeon
pintail
3 goldeneye on the mere
pochard
shoveler
gadwall
tufted duck
lapwings all around
43+ ruff
15 snipe
3 black tailed godwit
2 great black backed gulls
plus all the usuals around.

I also had 6 corn buntings on curlew lane before here.
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day out for the "NW Birdwatchers Festival", ended up hardly looking through the festival though as we were having so much fun on the reserve :)

3 Marsh Harriers
2 Tree Sparrows
Greenfinch
Blue+Great Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Wood Pigeon
Magpie
Teal
Goldeneye
Pintail
Buzzard
Pheasant
Carrion Crow
Rook
Shelduck
Pink footed geese
Greylag geese
White Fronted Geese
Mallard
Mute Swan
Bewicks Swan
Whooper Swan
Black headed Gull
Herring Gull
Gadwall
Kestrel
Starling
Wigeon
Ruff
one or two Redshank
Lapwing
Grey Heron
Tufted Duck
Probably a few others I forgot


Others said they saw 2 Peregrine Falcons and an Owl (possibly short-eared). There was also some hijinks at Ron Barker hide where a big white bird that people thought was an owl or raptor was almost hovering near the trees... we had left the hide and then went back to have another look upon hearing about it. We were pretty convinced this had a wire attached to it and was actually a kite or bird scarer - pesky!

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An interesting day with 51 species found. Highlights including 2 white fronted geese amongst 30000 pink footed geese, a Jay, a kingfisher that kept hovering along the brook from the United utilities hide with also a female pied wagtail landed on the ground floor roof within a couple of feet from the upstairs hide windows, goldcrest, grey wagtail, a dozen plus snipes and a flock of redwings flying over. The Swan link hide no longer exists which surprised me (although the new discovery hide was built to replace it), they have put a couple of screens in place which are quite neat! Thanks......

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The day spent around here today, mainly for the pink-footed geese, who put on a good show; thousands seen in the air on the walk to and from the station, and thousands more on the reserve, occasionally being put up en masse. Always worth the trip at this time of year. Some of the other species encountered included:

From station to reserve:

3+ goldcrest
6 tree sparrow
1 (several other probables) linnet
10+ corn bunting
10+ meadow pipit
1 grey wagtail
40+ skylark
Jackdaw and rook
2 stock dove
1 kestrel
1 buzzard

Main reserve:

4+ goldcrest
1 blackcap
15+ tree sparrow
c500 starling
8 stock dove
c300 teal
7 shoveler
c20 gadwall
200+ wigeon
4 pintail
1 tufted duck
300+ greylag geese
5 - 10 whooper swan
6 little grebe
600+ lapwing
28+ snipe
15+ ruff
16 black-tailed godwit
1 buzzard
1 marsh harrier (fairly distant, and being harassed by a much smaller raptor, which was almost certainly a sparrowhawk)

The board also said a yellow-browed warbler was about, but I didn't see that. Also, sadly, a couple of greenfinch with trichomonosis.


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930-13.30 today with Dave Morris, Dave's first visit to the reserve and a few lifers as a result I believe.

38 species in a fairly relaxed wander around, the main thing was the arrival in giant flocks of a couple of thousand Pink-footed Geese, against a bright blue sky the sight and sound was wonderful. These are birds fresh in I guess? By the time we left, the main water and most of the immediate fields were carpeted, if you can carpet water...nothing scarcer I could see in amongst them.

Other highlights were a juvenile Marsh Harrier perched up really close on the edge of the Mere, which gave us a couple of close fly-bys, and a quick look at the currently present Pectoral Sandpiper viewed from the UU Hide. It was skulking in vegetation so we were lucky with it. Other birds were as you'd expect, plenty of Ruff and Snipe, chirpy Tree Sparrows, hundreds of Teal, first handfuls of Wigeon and the odd Pintail.




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