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MARTIN MERE WWT


Monday 25th May with Simon Gough.

Of note...
Curlew Lane area proved fruitful before even getting on the reserve.

1 Corn Bunting - was on a power line then dropped down and started singing on top of a low hedge of a ploughed field
2 Yellow Wagtail - in same area, presumably 1m 1f as one was very bright yellow, the other a lot duller and browner
1 Oystercatcher
1 Shelduck

Main reserve.

-Few Tree Sparrows in usual spot around Kingfisher Hide and feeders
-No luck with the Tawny Owl

-TEMMINCK'S STINT - a Lifer for me, viewed out in Woodend Marsh from UU Hide.
Absolutely tiny and even gave a comparison view against a Ringed Plover, appearing probably around half the size. Very quick indeed, running around from one end of a spit to the other in between other Waders, Shelduck and Shoveler, then flying to another spit, we had a right job picking it up again as once in the air it was lost against matching background scenery. But we did notice however despite its speed running, it was a little slower feeding compared to Little Stint, which we've seen at Burton Mere and Frodsham Tanks.
A great little bird to watch.

-a single Dunlin
-Plenty of Avocet about
-Black-tailed Godwit - 2
-Lapwing
-Ringed Plover - at least 8 possibly more
-Oystercatcher
-Redshank
-Whooper Swan - still a couple remaining
-Pink-footed Goose - 3 (injured so we were told so assuming the Whoopers were too)
-few Greylag Goose
-1 Drake Wigeon
-1 Drake Pintail
-quite a few Shoveler about
-plenty of Gadwall
-Lots of Shelduck about
-1 gorgeous Barn Owl quartering over the large branch piles
-1 Kestrel
-1 distant Common Buzzard
-2 Goldcrest showing well near Janet Kier hide
-nothing on JK feeders apart from an acrobatic Brown Rat
-couple of Reed Bunting
-few Skylark
-1 House Martin
-couple of Sand Martin
-Swallow
Lots of usuals around including Gulls, Waterbirds, and Song Birds

Other sightings of note...

On leaving the reserve we pulled up at the side of the field literally 100yds away and there was a stunning adult Mediterranean Gull with some Black-headed Gulls. Good fairly close views and easily separable from the others.

Whilst watching the Temminck's Stint a fellow birder on the top tier picked up a small Raptor flying low over the marsh towards the farm and we looked at each other and both suggested Merlin as it appeared to be a darkish grey-brown with a falcon appearance about it. We settled for that but a birder downstairs must've overheard us and was heard saying there was no chance of Merlin round there as they're all up in the higher ground, breeding.
Any help on this would be appreciated as that's certainly what it looked like, and don't Merlin breed in bog-land or marshy fenland too?

A great few hours here!



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 26th of May 2015 11:06:52 PM

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Worth checking out the dung heap on Curlew Lane just outside Martin Mere. This morning it held
3 Yellow Wagtail (2 male 1 Female)
Corn Bunting
Tree Sparrow
Pied Wagtail
Male Wheatear
Male Whinchat

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Golden Oriole has been found in the enclosures in the past!

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Thanks Simon, Rob and Patrick for your replies.

I heard that there were Corn Buntings on the reserve but sadly did not have time to check yesterday. I was only curious about the birds' status as I did not see Gadwall or Pintail on the mere yet saw them from the visitors centre. Sadly I do not get the train (which in one way is a good thing because it's quite a long walk to the reserve from the train station) but I have seen that quite a few good farmland birds are seen around there. I think I might have a look next time I go. I'm not really that surprised at the sightings of a Cuckoo as there is some good habitat in the duck enclosures and I'm sure some good birds must turn up once in a while.

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Kristian

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Kristian Wade wrote:
Also, on the lake next to the Visitor's Centre (Swan Lake I believe it's called) there were several Gadwall, Pochard and Pintail. Are these wild birds because I know that the Mallards and Shelducks are wild, but the Swan and some of the Geese are captive?

Kristian,
As a general rule they are usually captive birds on that side of the reserve including the lake outside the visitor centre. But you do get Teal in there that are genuinely wild, I've seen them take off from there and fly out onto the main reserve mere. I don't see any reason why you couldn't get Gadwall or Mallard for example in there too. The larger birds like the Geese and Swans would need a lot of room to do the running take off and there just isn't that room there I don't think.
I've also seen a Ruff in one of the sections too, and if I remember correctly a Cuckoo was heard calling from one of the Duck enclosures a couple of years ago.
Cheers
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No need to leave the reserve for Corn Bunting now. 10 seen along hedges along the Reedbed Walk yesterday.

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I always assume the birds by the Visitors Centre are captive, but there are normally dozens of Pintail and plenty of Gadwall and Pochard on the main mere or in other parts of the reserve over the winter, so you might have just missed the Pintails and Gadwall.

On the assumption that you might not know this, so apologies if you do, but one other thing is that the fields to the east of the reserve heading back towards Burscough are a top place to find Corn Bunting, so its always worth heading over there to have a look if you get a chance. There is a footpath that is signposted from the entrance that will take you through a big field and you can see and hear them with Skylarks and Yellowhammers. If like me you go by train you walk that way from Burscough Bridge station. Last time I went over there I had some great views of a few perched on the telegraph wires.

Hope this helps

Simon

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A great day out here yesterday from 11:00am - 3:30pm with some great birds and some even greater weather.

Whooper Swan - Only 1 on the mere but a further 4 from the Ron Barker Hide.
Canada Goose - 11 in total, most from Harrier Hide.
Greylag Goose - 17 around the site with some from each hide.
Mallard - Loads, 165 including ones in the captive bird enclosures.
Shelduck - Masses invading the captive enclosures and others dotted about the reserve, at least 146 in total.
Wigeon - A few around on the mere and from Ron Barker Hide. 8 in total.
Shoveler - 3 from the Harrier Hide.
Teal - Several small groups made about 28 altogether.
Pochard - 5 from the Harrier Hide.
Tufted Duck - 8 from the Harrier Hide.
Cormorant - 2 at the back of the mere.
Grey Heron - 1 in the channel at the front of the Ron Barker Hide.
Little Egret - 1 flew low over Harrier Hide and landed in the reeds.
Moorhen - A few on the mere plus loads in the captive enclosures with several on nests. 50+
Coot - Several in the captive enclosures (one on a nest) plus groups from most other hides. 33 in total.
Lapwing - 68 on the mere plus 2 from Harrier Hide and a further 16 from the Ron Barker Hide.
Black-Tailed Godwit - 41 on the mere.
Oystercatcher - 13 on the mere, probably more.
Avocet - LIFER - 1 at the back of Vinson's Marsh.
Redshank - 1 on the mere plus 3 from the Ron Barker Hide.
Pheasant - 1 seen, more heard.
Chiffchaff - 1 seen, 3 more heard.
Robin - Quite a few around.
Dunnock - At least 2 seen.
Wren - 2 Seen, more heard.
Usual Blue & Great Tits plus Coal and Long Tailed.
Blackbirds - A few dotted around.
Black-Headed Gull - Well over 200. 140 on the mere with 10+ on nests. Large group of 50+ on Vinson's Marsh plus others dotted around.
Lesser Black-Backed Gull - Only 1 picked out, probably more around.
Goldcrest - One seen near Ron Barker Hide plus more heard.
Tawny Owl - LIFER - Hidden in an Ivy covered tree near Kingfisher Hide.
Goldfinch and Greenfinch - A few from Janet Kear Hide plus others dotted around.
Chaffinch - Everywhere. 5+ from Janet Kear plus at least 6 other singing males and 2 other females seen.
Magpie & Carrion Crow - Dotted around.
Pied Wagtail - On fence post from the Ron Barker Hide.
Tree Sparrow - 1 from the Janet Kear Hide plus 5+ around nest boxes near Hale Hide.
Woodpigeon - Several.
Feral Pigeon - Large groups around.
Reed Bunting - 5 from Janet Kear Hide plus singles elsewhere.

1 Red-Legged Partridge across the road from the entrance.

A total of 45 species but sadly missed the Common Sandpiper and the Raptors. Possibly had some Ruff but too far away to tell for sure.

Also, on the lake next to the Visitor's Centre (Swan Lake I believe it's called) there were several Gadwall, Pochard and Pintail. Are these wild birds because I know that the Mallards and Shelducks are wild, but the Swan and some of the Geese are captive?


-- Edited by Kristian Wade on Friday 10th of April 2015 11:36:05 AM

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Day spent here today. Some of the highlights:

4 sand martin (great views of them zipping around from the Ron Barker hide)
2 pied wagtail
c10 tree sparrow, several of whom were entering and leaving next boxes
10+ reed bunting
3 goldcrest (one singing)
chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, coal tit, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, robin, dunnock, wren
Lots of lapwing, plenty displaying
Lots of oystercatcher
11 avocet
c20 black-tailed godwit
10 or so redshank
4 ruff
18 whooper swan
teal (loads), wigeon, pintail, shoveler (though only one seen), gadwall (2), tufted duck (4), pochard (3)
1 kingfisher (stunning view)
5+ stock dove
Loads of black-headed gulls, lots displaying, one pair mating
1 Mediterranean gull
1 little gull, a juvenile, and also the first time I've seen one
2 buzzard (possibly more)
2 kestrel
1 tawny owl

Skylark and chiffchaff heard

2 brown hare, 1 stoat (giving a fantastic view from the Ron Barker hide)

Also several corn bunting (one singing, which alerted me to them) and another stoat whilst waiting at New Lane train station to go home. A good day. :)


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Monday 6th of April 2015 11:01:34 PM

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A better afternoon after a disappointing morning at marshside. Main highlights was a tawny owl that was found in an ivy covered tree near the kingfisher hide just as It was reported on their website, (he was in almost full view a little later on), and a pair of Mediterranean gulls was also seen from thr Ron barker hide and from the main mere was a pair of great black backed gulls with a few ruffs and black tailed godwits. Also about was a goldcrest, a common buzzard and 2 common kestrels. i've noticed an increase of tree sparrows since my last visit too which was nice to see.

-- Edited by Richard Thew on Thursday 2nd of April 2015 07:01:23 PM

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11.00 to 14:45 Weds 25th March

Avocet - 10 on marsh from Ron Barker hide
Curlew - 8 on marsh from Ron Barker hide
Ruff - several from Swan Link, good photo opportunity
Black-Tailed Godwit - several dotted around reserve, photos as per Ruff
Pink-Footed Geese - around 100 from Ron Barker hide in afternoon
Tawny Owl - roosting in tree beside walkway
Tree Sparrow - lots around feeders
Mediterranean Gull - pair moving around reserve

Several Buzzard and Sparrowhawk overhead, plus pair of Kestrels mating.

Usual woodland birds, ducks, Whooper Swans, Lapwings, etc


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Originally posted today by Mike Berry:

36 Avocets present today on the northern side of The Mere. Good views from the United Utilities Hide.


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About 3 hours this afternoon. Went looking for the tawny owl, a bird I haven't seen in a while. Fortunately, se birders had already found it in the trees before the kingfisher hide

Other highlights included a group of 7 early avocets, at least 20 ruff in front of Raines observatory (with a few more by the swan link), a marsh harrier, 3 buzzard, 2 kestrel, 1000+ whooper swan, 2000+ pink footed geese, a few black tailed godwit and all the winter waders and wildfowl

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3 hours today from 1:30 to 4:30. Lovely conditions and some good birds around.

Highlight was a very showy Tawny Owl near Kingfisher Hide - sunning itself and glaring at those peering at it

Also, along with the usual wildfowl and woodland birds, there were a couple of Little Egrets around Ron Barker Hide, where 3 Red Legged Partridge were also about. Raptors were represented by a couple of hunting Kestrels and 3 or 4 Common Buzzards, and waders by Lapwing, Ruff, a couple of Black Tailed Godwits and a single Redshank.

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A quiet but enjoyable day. Nothing out of the ordinary really, with all the usual suspects present. Didn't manage the roosting Tawny Owls but made up for it with great views of Water Rail and Marsh Harrier. Usual fantastic showing of wildfowl on the Mere and there were also plenty Ruff around. Quite a few Pink Feet present but in the fields and distant and difficult to count or check for anything rarer. Found out that the single Golden Plover I saw from the Ron Barker Hide was the first for the year for the site ....which was nice.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

I think it's fair to say that the 'almost' caveat can be removed from the Bar-headed Goose escape likelihoodhmmsmile





Cheers Ian, a fine specimen nonetheless and a very interesting email regarding the plumage.

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I think it's fair to say that the 'almost' caveat can be removed from the Bar-headed Goose escape likelihoodhmmsmile

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Rob Creek wrote:

A great day in the company of Steve Burke and Simon Gough.

50 species of bird seen, many in mass numbers, 1 Mammal, and some interesting sights throughout the day!

1 Bar-headed Goose - a Lifer for me, unringed, immaculate plumage, a lovely looking bird. This was literally a wild goose chase as we tried different hides to get a good view having spotted it distantly from previous hides, but as we got to the appropriate hide, it had flown back towards the hide we'd come from or disappeared into the channels. But we were rewarded with excellent fairly close up views eventually.





John Tymon Wrote

The Bar headed goose has been at the mere a while and is almost 100 % an escape we have had them many times at Pennington flash without rings, and probably no better than the ones in the collection at Martin mere although that bird is particularly immaculate and arrived with the greylag geese originally. There is a small breeding population in parts of the uk that originated from feral stock.

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-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Friday 2nd of January 2015 07:22:19 AM



Many thanks for that John, yeah I was aware it's almost without doubt an escape, being a high altitude Asian bird, and it's plumage was absolutely pristine, a lovely looking specimen.

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Rob Creek wrote:

A great day in the company of Steve Burke and Simon Gough.

50 species of bird seen, many in mass numbers, 1 Mammal, and some interesting sights throughout the day!

1 Bar-headed Goose - a Lifer for me, unringed, immaculate plumage, a lovely looking bird. This was literally a wild goose chase as we tried different hides to get a good view having spotted it distantly from previous hides, but as we got to the appropriate hide, it had flown back towards the hide we'd come from or disappeared into the channels. But we were rewarded with excellent fairly close up views eventually.





John Tymon Wrote

The Bar headed goose has been at the mere a while and is almost 100 % an escape we have had them many times at Pennington flash without rings, and probably no better than the ones in the collection at Martin mere although that bird is particularly immaculate and arrived with the greylag geese originally. There is a small breeding population in parts of the uk that originated from feral stock.

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-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Friday 2nd of January 2015 07:22:19 AM

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Rob Creek wrote:

A great day in the company of Steve Burke and Simon Gough.

50 species of bird seen, many in mass numbers, 1 Mammal, and some interesting sights throughout the day!

1 Bar-headed Goose - a Lifer for me, unringed, immaculate plumage, a lovely looking bird. This was literally a wild goose chase as we tried different hides to get a good view having spotted it distantly from previous hides, but as we got to the appropriate hide, it had flown back towards the hide we'd come from or disappeared into the channels. But we were rewarded with excellent fairly close up views eventually.

Whooper Swan - large numbers
Mute Swan - a few
Greylag Goose - lots
Pink-footed Goose - quite a few around, more arriving as we left
Pintail - large numbers
Wigeon - large numbers
Teal - large numbers
Mallard - large numbers including a white individual
Shelduck - big numbers
Pochard - quite a lot around
Tufted Duck - small groups at Harrier hide
Shoveler - small groups at UU hide
Gadwall - not many
Coot - lots
Moorhen
Cormorant
Ruff - in various plumages, seemed to be everywhere
Lapwing - well over 600
Oystercatcher - 1
Common Snipe - 1
TAWNY OWL - 1 near Kingfisher hide, this was brilliantly picked out Steve!
Sparrowhawk - 1
Common Buzzard - at least 5
Kestrel - at least 2
Tree Sparrow - a few around on feeders and in bushes
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Great Black-backed Gull - 3 or 4 around plus 1 Juv
Lesser Black-backed Gull - not many
Black-headed Gull - big numbers
Redwing - small flock over main path
Song Thrush - 1 next to the Snipe
Blackbirds - quite a few around
Robin - many about
Goldcrest - up close in hedge near Swanlink hide
Wren - 1 seen, many heard
Starling - various sized flocks about
Great, Blue and Coal Tits about
Woodpigeon - lots
Stock Dove - approx 6
Feral Pigeon
Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie - lots around
Grey Heron - at least 5
Pheasant - 3 (2 up a tree)

Also Water Vole under feeders at Janet Kear hide - definite Vole, longish tail was noted, it was a very dark colour

Also noted today were 3 Whooper Swans of poor health. 1 was in a sitting position with wings flopped down and neck in a curved position but head slumped into the floor. Didn't move whilst we were in the hide.
Another 2 at Swanlink hide with badly damaged wings, you could see bone sticking out on part of the wing with obvious damage to the wing structure on 1 of the birds, the other bird not as bad.

Just found out Steve also had 50 species, but he had Long-tailed Tit (I heard them only) but he missed the Gadwall. Obviously Simon is at that figure too?

One other bird all 3 of us saw was what we thought at the time, a Marsh Harrier over near UU hide being harassed by a Crow but despite us all thinking it was one, it was just too far away for a truly positive ID and as a result we haven't counted it.
A top day!













nice write up rob, don't know how I missed the gadwall after spotting the tawny owl hmm
a good start to the year despite the weather, thanks again for the invite much appreciated smile

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A great day in the company of Steve Burke and Simon Gough.

50 species of bird seen, many in mass numbers, 1 Mammal, and some interesting sights throughout the day!

1 Bar-headed Goose - a Lifer for me, unringed, immaculate plumage, a lovely looking bird. This was literally a wild goose chase as we tried different hides to get a good view having spotted it distantly from previous hides, but as we got to the appropriate hide, it had flown back towards the hide we'd come from or disappeared into the channels. But we were rewarded with excellent fairly close up views eventually.

Whooper Swan - large numbers
Mute Swan - a few
Greylag Goose - lots
Pink-footed Goose - quite a few around, more arriving as we left
Pintail - large numbers
Wigeon - large numbers
Teal - large numbers
Mallard - large numbers including a white individual
Shelduck - big numbers
Pochard - quite a lot around
Tufted Duck - small groups at Harrier hide
Shoveler - small groups at UU hide
Gadwall - not many
Coot - lots
Moorhen
Cormorant
Ruff - in various plumages, seemed to be everywhere
Lapwing - well over 600
Oystercatcher - 1
Common Snipe - 1
TAWNY OWL - 1 near Kingfisher hide, this was brilliantly picked out Steve!
Sparrowhawk - 1
Common Buzzard - at least 5
Kestrel - at least 2
Tree Sparrow - a few around on feeders and in bushes
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Great Black-backed Gull - 3 or 4 around plus 1 Juv
Lesser Black-backed Gull - not many
Black-headed Gull - big numbers
Redwing - small flock over main path
Song Thrush - 1 next to the Snipe
Blackbirds - quite a few around
Robin - many about
Goldcrest - up close in hedge near Swanlink hide
Wren - 1 seen, many heard
Starling - various sized flocks about
Great, Blue and Coal Tits about
Woodpigeon - lots
Stock Dove - approx 6
Feral Pigeon
Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie - lots around
Grey Heron - at least 5
Pheasant - 3 (2 up a tree)

Also Water Vole under feeders at Janet Kear hide - definite Vole, longish tail was noted, it was a very dark colour

Also noted today were 3 Whooper Swans of poor health. 1 was in a sitting position with wings flopped down and neck in a curved position but head slumped into the floor. Didn't move whilst we were in the hide.
Another 2 at Swanlink hide with badly damaged wings, you could see bone sticking out on part of the wing with obvious damage to the wing structure on 1 of the birds, the other bird not as bad.

Just found out Steve also had 50 species, but he had Long-tailed Tit (I heard them only) but he missed the Gadwall. Obviously Simon is at that figure too?

One other bird all 3 of us saw was what we thought at the time, a Marsh Harrier over near UU hide being harassed by a Crow but despite us all thinking it was one, it was just too far away for a truly positive ID and as a result we haven't counted it.
A top day!











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Day out from 11:30 to 3:30. About 40 species seen of which the best were at least 8 Reed Buntings, 14 Ruff, a Pheasant, 60 Teal, 800 Mallards, 500 Shelduck, 70 Pintail, 15 Tufted Duck, 20 Wigeon, 10 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 500 Whooper Swans, 150 Greylag Geese. Going through the captive duck enclosures I counted over 100 Moorhen and near that in Coots.

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9:30 - 4pm. Birds of note out of 48 species include; At least 50+ tree sparrows, 1 black tailed godwit, several ruff, 100's of lapwings (landing in front of the swanlink hide as well as an immature grey heron!), 2 great spotted woodpeckers, about a dozen reed buntings at the feeding station, 1 stock dove, 1 goldcrest, a few buzzards, a couple of fieldfare and redwings. Also now upto 1000 whooper swans with lots of common teal, pintail, wigeon, mallard and shelducks with smaller numbers of pochard, gadwall and tufted ducks. (Just thought I'd add to this sightings log that a stoat and a red fox was found too). All in all, a great day out...

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11.15-5.00:
Stunning male Marsh Harrier robbed prey off a Greater Black Backed Gull
Pair of Stonechat
Peregrine
Merlin
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
5 Common Buzzard
30 Ruff
hybrid American Wigeon
Reed Bunting
100's of Whooper Swan, Pink Footed Geese,Teal,Wigeon Lapwing and Shelduck.
8 Pintail
50 Shoveler
Great Spotted Woodpecker
4 Tree Sparrow
2 Skylark
Stock Dove

Also Mike Dilger.

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9.30- 4.45pm. 60 species seen, but include birds seen on route from the train station.

on the way to martin mere, at least 12 corn bunting around the fields, lots of skylarks over & only 4 fieldfare, 1 redwing.

5-6 buzzards
1 sparrowhawk
2 kestrel
1 barn owl
2 peregrine falcon, inc 1 juvenile which caught a small bird in front of the harrier hide.
several pink footed geese around until dusk when they arrived in the thousands.
hundreds of whooper swans.
huge numbers of lapwings around.
25+ ruff
2 black tailed godwit
several snipe all around
lots of teal all over, no luck trying to find the green winged teal from Thursday.
wigeon, pintail, shoveler, shelduck & pochard
1 little grebe on the mere
2 kingfisher
1 stonechat
2 great spotted woodpecker
along the reed bed walk... 3 chiffchaff, 1 female bullfinch & lots of reed bunting & 1 stoat.

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Cracking views of three Marsh Harriers (2 juvs and an adults male) from Ron Barker hide this afternoon in the sunshine. The Kingfisher also put in an appearance too.

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Adam Jones wrote:

A few hours from midday

c2000 Pink-footed Geese (I assume the majority were out and about feeding)





Or flying east - there have been a lot over this week

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A few hours from midday

Highlights included:
3 Marsh Harrier
1 Common Buzzard
1 Tree Sparrow
c300 Whooper Swans
c2000 Pink-footed Geese (I assume the majority were out and about feeding)
1 Snipe
4 Ruff
Lots of Pintail
Plus all the usuals

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A great few hours today:

20000 pink footed geese
60-70 whooper swans
50 greylag geese
2 raven
1 kingfisher
2 marsh harrier
1 peregrine
1 sparrow hawk
3 kestrel
2 buzzard
5 tree sparrow

1 stoat


Also a group of 6 red legged partridge on the side of the road leading up to the reserve
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Thousands of Pink-footed Geese
Around 100 Greylag Geese
4 Whooper Swans (2 over-summered)
2 Mute Swans
Good numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Pintail

2 or 3 Ruff with the Lapwings

2 Marsh Harriers
3 Buzzards
1 Kestrel

1 Grey Wagtail


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late post for yesterday 27th.

spectacular sight of the many of thousands of pink footed goose on & off the reserve throughout the day, an estimated 20,000 +, within them I did manage to get a single barnacle goose & 3 partial leucistic pink footed goose, one of them looking pretty smart with a white band across its belly & up its sides smile
hundreds of greylag goose around also.
wigeon & pintail starting to build up
2-3 marsh harrier
1 peregrine falcon
5 buzzard
3 kestrel
1 raven
70-80 ruff
20+ snipe
1 kingfisher
11 swallow over south
3 jay
2 treecreeper
1 chiffchaff
1 goldcrest
lots of meadow pipit & skylark over the reserve & off the reserve
1 stonechat just of the reserve, in field opposite the reed bed walk.


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A visit today from late morning to early afternoon. Birds seen include:

2 marsh harrier
1 kingfisher
3 yellow wagtails
10 ruff
10 Dunlin
2 little ringed plover
1 ringed plover
1 female blackcap
5 tree sparrow
30 teal
2 kestrel
3 buzzards
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9.30 to 3pm yesterday. Very similar to Stephen's sightings, the highlight being the Wood Sandpiper which eventually showed from Ron Barker Hide having been shifted around by a flock of Lapwing. I can add:

2 juvenile Peregrine
1 Sparrowhawk
A larger flock of Ruff and Dunlin which came in around 2pm - estimate 20 Ruff and 5-10 Dunlin

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10-30-2pm very quiet highlights being...

1 wood sandpiper
4 ruff inc 3 juveniles
2 dunlins
plenty of lapwings around
1-2 marsh harriers
1 buzzard
4 kestrels
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 stock doves
several swallows & sand martins around with few house martins
lots of tree sparrows around
plus usual stuff around.

on the walk to martin mere at 10-10am I had a hobby flying low over the fields along red cat lane heading in the direction of curlew lane.

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Saturday, 28th June 2014. 12:00 - 16:00 hrs.

United Utilities Hide:
Male Ruff with diminishing breeding plumage
Reed Bunting
Avocet x 1
Black Tailed Godwit x 1
Shelducks
Lapwing
Black Backed Gull

Cuckoo calling in trees to west of reserve

Janet Kear Hide:
Tree Sparrow
Goldfinch
Great Tit and young
Blue Tit
Greenfinch
Chaffinch

Ron Barker Hide:
Whooper Swans
Avocet x loads
Black Tailed Godwits x load
Shelducks
Heron
Black Headed gulls and young x lots all over reserve

Whooper Swans with cygnets and Bewick Swans just in front of visitor centre










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Sunday 18th May
Of note

Curlew Sandpiper x 2
Ringed Plover x 14
Little Ringed Plover x 2
Cuckoo x 1
Little Gull x 1

Cheers
Karl

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Couple of hours this afternoon overall fairly quiet although highlights
Wood Sandpiper (United Utilities)
Sedge Warbler
4 Ringed Plover
Avocet with 3 young
Redshank with 4 young
Tawny Owl called twice from nr Kingfisher hide.
Wigeon
Plus the usuals



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Of note
Red legged partridge ~ 2
Redstart - female or first year male ? I think , Janet kear hide , record shot on flickr comments welcome
Little Egret
Ringed Plover - 2
Cheers
Karl

-- Edited by Karl Bishop on Sunday 11th of May 2014 07:35:09 PM

-- Edited by Karl Bishop on Sunday 11th of May 2014 07:35:42 PM

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Went there for 11am today. Very quiet people-wise Good but also birdwise BUT sudden excitement as a Redstart was found from the Janet Kear hide. A presumably first summer male as it exhibited little grey having a reddish brown mantle and only a little grey around the throat. A super site rarity and the last place I expected to get my first of the year. 2nd summer French-ringed Mediterranean Gull bossing it about over the Black-Headed Gulls on the mere

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all day here 69 species seen, with a few just of the reserve.

Patrick I myself had just upgraded my scope to the new mm3, a nice little scope & I just missed out on the yellow wagtail when I popped back into infocus.

1 little gull, summer plumage.
grasshopper warbler heard only on the reed bed walk
ross's goose in the collection area, now looking like it belongs there.
20+ avocets
30+ ruff
200+ black tailed godwits
18 dunlin
1 ringed plover
2 little ringed plover
4 redshanks
1 curlew
few swallows around
2 buzzards
1 tawny owl
5 chiffchaffs
2 willow warblers
3 blackcaps
few tufted ducks, wigeon, shoveler, pintail & teal.
plus all usuals around.

nice views of a water vole near harrier hide.

just off the reserve 11 wheatears, 13 corn buntings, 8 red legged partridges & few swallows, 2 house martins.

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A quick turnaround while I part ex'd my scope for a new MM3.

Little Gull at the back of the main mere. Had been there most of the day and was pointed out to me by the guy in the In Focus shop. Thanks!

Popped back in later to pick up my box and was told I'd just missed a Yellow Wagtail with several White Wagtail. Also had 17 Dunlin from Ron Barker and about 40 Black-tailed Godwit

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A.M

9 Whooper Swans, 60+ Pink footed Geese, 60 Avocets, 15 Ruff (including resplendent male), 1 Pintail, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Shoveler & 1 Buzzard.

Masses of Shelduck, Black headed Gulls (1 Mediterranean Gull reported) & Lapwings. 2 Common Gulls & 4 Great Black Backed Gulls.

12+ Lesser Black Backed Gulls, including a bird who offered its partner a large cream coloured egg (Mallard perhaps) as a gift, which they both then shared.

The waterfowl (except Shelduck & Canada Geese) have noticeably got fewer, with just 1 Tufted Duck and no Pochard or Gadwall at all on the wild reserve.

A rare sight on one of the seed feeders was a male Blackbird, struggling to hang on as he fed, I can't recall seeing one doing this before.

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Swanlink Hide

1 Ross's Goose
11 Whooper Swan
5 Ruff (1 breeding plumage male)
2 Ringed Plover
5 Black-tailed Godwit

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Friday, March 7.

Ruffs, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Avocets 70+, Redshanks 2, Curlews 3, Black-tailed Godwits.
Cormorants 20+.
Ross's Goose 1.
Peregrine 1.
Hen Harrier 1m.
Buzzard 1.
Raven 1.
Whoopers, Pink-feet Geese.
Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted, Pochard.
Tree Sparrows.
etc.etc.etc.

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Ross's Goose still there today.

There's a Siberian Chiffchaff on the Reedbed Walk near the sewage works (this is not within the reserve) although it's a bit elusive. At least a couple of Common Chiffchaff around to confuse matters.

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Hello, as a newby, and this is my first post, I hope I have done things right and in the right place.

Friday 28 Feb, had a good day at the Mere with my friend Jim Caulfield. we missed out on the Bewick's, but more than made up for it by having great views of a male Ruff in nearly full breeding plumage. this was in front of the Raines Hide.

Then on to the Ron Barker hide to see at least 60 Avocets and 3 Ringed Plover. The Ross's Goose was showing well at the Swan Link Hide among the 100's of Whoopers.

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Upwards of 40 Avocet from Ron Barker hide. Lots of Ruff, including 1 white headed one which I seem to remember are called sentinels and hold quite a high position at the lek. I may have made the bit up about the lek. Male Hen Harrier from the UU hide but it was very distant. Otherwise just about everything else your expect at this time of year.

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Quick visit yesterday morning to get my first Avocet of the year. 10 were tucked up at the back of the main mere. Not much else about out of the ordinary, though at least 40 Ruff counted across the site. Quite a few from Ron Barker hide, which I've not seen before.

Nipped down Curlew Lane on way home and saw a pair of Red-legged Partridge and a pair of Corn Bunting. Also, at least 50 Fieldfare. Whoopers and Pink-feet also scattered across the adjoining fields, but, nothing unusual amongst them that I could see.

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Lovely early morning light today, from 0930 until the half term hordes arrived when I decamped for Hesketh Out Marsh.

Whooper Swan ++++
Greylag geese ++++

Also numerous
Lapwing
Pintail
Wigeon
Shelduck
24 Ruff (first time I've been up close to these waders)
Teal
Mallard
2 Gadwall
1 Ringed Plover

Some Pink-footed geese (but many more later at H-o-M)
Oystercatchers
Stock Doves
Tree Sparrows

plus Wrens in good voice, plenty of Robin, Blackbirds, Woodpigeon, corvids, etc.






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Walk around perimeter towards Burscough 1.30- 3.10:
Warbler sp. by sewerage works, probably Chiffchaff
Male Hen Harrier
1+ Peregrine
Shoveler
Gadwall
Many Whooper Swans and Pink Footed Geese flying around
1000+ Lapwing
Stock Dove
3 Reed Bunting
10 Meadow Pipit


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