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Martyn Jones wrote:

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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

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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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great day with the dad and Wayne produced: very windy but dry!

1600+ whooper swans
70 ruff
1 treecreeper
4 buzzard
2 sparrowhawk
1 kestrel
1 peregrine falcon
1 brambling(janet kear)
large numbers of wildfowl including wigeon, pintail, teal, mallard, pochard, tuffted duck and greylag geese
small numbers of pink-footed geese
loads of finches and reed buntings(janet kear)
20 oystercatcher
2 black tailed godwit
2 ringed plover
2 great black backed gull

8 grey partridge in fields out side mere


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Typically I had to pick the day with the worst visibility and weather, but luckily it didn't rain heavily when it did.

However, my luck held out on the bird front with a magnificent view of the Barn Owl I spotted in the Ron Barker hide, just around 3 o'clock! It landed on a post really close, before doing a bit of hunting around the hide. Another notable sighting was the Green-winged Teal also seen from Ron Barker, even though I had already seen it last November (it makes a nice year tick).
Just shy of 50 species today, not as good as last time but then the weather wasn't as miserable then.

Peregrines were flying about scaring the Teal. I saw a Cormorant mobbing a buzzard, the latter who in turn mobbed a Grey Heron. A lot of mooching about was the order of the day, trying to warm up your fingers.

The Pink-footed Geese did a marvellous arrival around 4 o'clock.

Well worth the journey.

-- Edited by Paul Hurst on Saturday 9th of February 2013 06:07:39 PM

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Freezing cold wind.

More Swans in outlying fields than on the reserve but all the usual suspects present.

Best sighting was a Bittern from the Ron Barker hide - in far corner of the lake, it put all the Teal to flight as it stalked along the water's edge.

Also Brambling on the feeders from Janet Keir hide.

Strangely only one Ruff seen and no Shoveler at all !

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An enjoyable afternoon at Martin Mere, with 39 species seen, even though I managed to miss all the exciting ones.

Arrived to be told that a Crane had been reported an hour before - searched around for it and nearly had a heart attack when a Grey Heron took off (twice), but no luck.

A few Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans were feeding on farmland near the front gate and I also saw two Corn Buntings, who thankfully stuck around after the flock they were with left, giving me the chance to ID them.

Enjoyed watching the Ruffs, Whooper Swans, Shelducks and Pintails from In Focus and Gladstone Hide, including one eye-catching Ruff with a white head.

Couldn't see the Green-winged Teal at Harrier Hide.

Went to Ron Barker Hide to see the Barn Owl and learned that it had been around half-an-hour before I arrived. A Buzzard was some consolation, but not much (sorry, Buzzard).

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Excellent day. Quick trip round the exotic and captive species ponds. Some quality photos and very suprised at just how tame they've all become, especially when you get Goldeneye, Hooded Mergansers, Marbled Teal and Red Crested Pochard virtually begging for food.

Stunning views from the In-Focus Binocular shop hide of Whooper Swan, Mallard, Shelduck, Coot, Teal, Pochard, Wigeon, Pintail, all in abundance, and right on cue a pair of Peregrine's upset the whole gathering trying to flush something out.

Swan-link hide. Again fantastic views of the fore-mentioned species ... and plenty of Ruffs.
What a great sight, the Peregrine pair caught a female Teal on the wing and again that sent the vast numbers into panic, the noise was almost deafening.

Harrier hide. A large group of birders in here, everyone was focused on the Green Winged Teal, that's a 1st for me, easily told apart by the vertical green bar on the wing rather than horizontal.
Plenty of common Teal, Coot, Mallard, a few Gadwall, and great view of a Barn Owl flying low over the reeds edge.

Quick stop at the BNFL hide, think that what it was called, provided a spectacle, the pair of Peregrine's had been joined by a young one, still in brown plumage, all 3 took off and within minutes one had caught a Ruff in flight, I caught these hides just at the right time, except for the Woodcock but apparently most people missed it.

Woodcock had been sighted at Janet Kier hide but on arrival I was informed that it hadn't been seen since the morning and the large group of birders were in there and they told me even they hadn't seen it so chances are the 1 sighting in the morning was the lucky one.
Reed Bunting were plentiful here, Chaffinch, Blue..Great..Coal..and Long Tailed Tit all present

Ron Barker hide. Feeding time for the vast numbers. The guide with microphone link to the hide was brilliant. Pointed out all the species, and he got a laugh out of everyone when he informed us that the Greylags there were feral so despite having the instinct to migrate, they didn't know where to, so they chose to fly to Knowsley Safari Park, and back to Martin Mere. Some of the Pink Footed Geese don't move at all due to injury, they stay all year.

Redwing and Fieldfare were knocking about the reserve. And in amongst the Ruff were a few waders that resembled Redshank, not just red legs but also the orangey red beak with black tip but it was pointed out that the Ruff always get mistaken for Redshank. Got some great shots.

1 last note.. they do have the occasional Mink I was told but they are on top of any potential problems.
Well worth a visit here. Staff were superb!

Pennington flash in a minute before United.



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Great day at a very quiet (people wise) Martin Mere today with the Birding and Beyond team

Lots of good birds but highlights

Woodcock - Stunning views of it out feeding in the open from the Janet Kier hide
Brambling also from Janet Kier
Green-Winged Teal - Harrier Hide
Mediterranean Gull - Harrier Hide
Barn Owl fron Ron Barker then closer views from Harrier Hide as it quartered the reed beds in front of the hide

70 Ruff from SwanLink hide
3 Peregrine
3 Goldcrest including 1 to 3 ft in small conifer at side of path
Fieldfare
Redwing

350+ skylarks

57 species in total and highly recommended as a hangover cure having been out on a work's do on Friday night

o yeah nearly forgot the lancashire hotpot was pretty good as well

-- Edited by Jon Bowen on Saturday 19th of January 2013 05:46:08 PM

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Late post for trip on 06/01 1pm - 5pm

Highlights included-

Stunning views of a Barn Owl hunting right infront of the Ron Barker hide
30-40 Ruff (some already showing signs of moult, with a white head)
Single female Brambling at Janet Kear hide
Several flocks of Redwing over and 3 Fieldfare
Large numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Pintail and Shelduck.

The sight of several hundred Whooper Swans at feeding time and then the return of thousands of Pink-footed Geese, just after dusk, were incredible.

Spent a long time at the Janet Kear hide trying to turn various bits of wood and undergrowth into a Woodcock, but nothing doing. Several people had seen it earlier in the day, as well as a Green-winged Teal and 2 Bewick's Swans.

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Nick Isherwood wrote:

Family outing to Martin Mere this afternoon. Managed to get an hour or so around the hides too.

From the Ron Barker hide there were huge numbers of Teal and Wigeon. I had a quick scan through the hoards in a vain hope of dropping on the Green Winged Teal from last week but that was just wishful thinking. Also present from this hide were around ten or so feral? Barnacle Geese, upto 25 Ruff and around 8 Dunlin.

Huge numbers of Whooper Swans on the main mere as is the norm at this time of year. Also from the Janet Kear hide I had limited views of part of a Woodcock that was successfully hiding in the undergrowth.

Perhaps the best bird of the day was a male Blackcap that I found eating berries in the captive bird section. Nice bird to see at this time of year!

Also a massive thanks to the guy at In Focus who did a repair on my binoculars for free. Excellent service.





Also there all afternoon,and anyone going try to stay after dark and go to one of the hides on the north side,and watch the geese come in after dark,at least 15000 I would say came in around 5pm :)

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Family outing to Martin Mere this afternoon. Managed to get an hour or so around the hides too.

From the Ron Barker hide there were huge numbers of Teal and Wigeon. I had a quick scan through the hoards in a vain hope of dropping on the Green Winged Teal from last week but that was just wishful thinking. Also present from this hide were around ten or so feral? Barnacle Geese, upto 25 Ruff and around 8 Dunlin.

Huge numbers of Whooper Swans on the main mere as is the norm at this time of year. Also from the Janet Kear hide I had limited views of part of a Woodcock that was successfully hiding in the undergrowth.

Perhaps the best bird of the day was a male Blackcap that I found eating berries in the captive bird section. Nice bird to see at this time of year!

Also a massive thanks to the guy at In Focus who did a repair on my binoculars for free. Excellent service.

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Enjoyable visit yesterday, to coincide with the Bird Fair.
The best fun was locating the Green-winged Teal among the multitude of Eurasion Teal;
with a lot of help from Birders present, who were on to it.
Just a word on the 3 Peregrines, which were an Adult Pair and a Juvenile: They perched on fence posts, in close proximity to each other, and for a long period of time. Their only activity, that I saw, was a fly around by the Juvenile, which put plenty up, and the Male dropping down a few yards to have a poke at a molehill. In close scoping range, they gave superb views from United Utilities Hide!
4 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels were my only other raptors.
I was informed that there are 400 Whooper Swans on the reserve ,with another 1000 plus in the area. Plenty Juveniles.
400 Lapwing over.
Good to see a few Ruff fly in, and Brambling at the woodland hide.
Found the Meopta staff very helpful when I looked at their I-phone scope attachment.







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Small world Paul, we was in the Ron barker hide watching the green winged teal too, good luck to anyone picking it out in all the other teal, we kept finding it and losing it constantly, Nothing major to add to Pauls list, a cracking male Hen harrier showed in the morning and we saw it about 2.30 ish later on still present,a distant view from swan link hide, a few sparrowhawk though the day and 3 peregrines on view quite often, a few kestrels and buzzards knocking around, one interesting juv with a very whiteish head, simlilar to the juv variation in the collins, 2 golden plovers with the lapwings,

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After a friendly tip off that the North West Birdwatchers Fair was taking place this weekend at Martin Mere, I couldn't resist popping over for the day! 57 species seen in total (thought I missed a male hen harrier), so a really good day!
Highlights included:
Green winged teal (I was extremely lucky to enter the hide minutes before somebody found it!)
3 Peregrines
1 marsh harrier
2 brambling (Another lucky moment: somebody pointed them out to me just moments before they flew far away!)
1 Raven
50000 woodpigeons??! (I didn't count them all myself, so I couldn't check, but that was what a birder said, and there were a lot!)
2 Tree sparrows (probably more)
Plenty of ruffs, pintails, and wigeon (tick!)

Also:
1 heron swallowing a fish
1 little grebe swallowing a small fish (or something similar)
1 magpie pecking what looked like a dead goose
1 pintail having a duel with a coot (almost beak to beak, looking at each other fixingly, both twitching at the same time-- pintail won!)

Got 4 ticks out of that day, including my first american bird. Went to a talk on Swift conservation, and there was too many books to buy with my tight student budget!


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Good Day at the Mere
Peregrine-1 Juv,1 adult mainly sitting on the posts at the back of the mere,at one point the adult caught a lapwing,but wouldn't share it with the youngster
Merlin-1
Marsh Harrier-1 adf and 1 imm
Pink footed geese-c10000
Whooper Swan-60
plus plenty pintail,wigeon,Teal etc
Anyone wanting good pics of the geese ,now is the time to go,and its better when there are fewer swans,to get individual pics,as later in the year there are so many that its hard to get a single bird in the picture.-some spectacular moments today when all the pink feet took off at once and the peregrines took that oppotunity to attack the other birds :)

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11.00 till 13.00
3 peregrine falcons sat in a row on a fence
1 juvenile marsh harrier
pink-footed geese arriving all the time
12 whooper swans
cheers
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Hi Ollie, as far I as am concerned the reports of Curlew Sandpiper relate to the juvenile Dunlin. I have not heard mention of a Curlew Sandpiper from any of the regulars I am the
"Guide in the Hide" and usually there three days a week (not usually on a Sunday though) but I'm sure many of the other regulars could help out with any I.D questions. Next time make yourself known, it's always nice to "put a face to a name" I'm usually in the right hand corner upstairs making the most noise
Cheers Gordon

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Thanks for the info Gordon, am sure you're right about the juv Dunlin. Has a Curlew Sandpiper actually been present? I was told by other birders that they had seen one at Ron Barker Hide.

Me and my (non-birding) girlfriend both had a great time at Martin Mere and we're hoping to come back later in the year.

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Hi Ollie, I think the small wader seen was the juvenile Dunlin that has been present for several days. In flight it shows a distinct dark rump and centre to the tail, there is noticable dark streaking below the rufous brown head, neck and upper breast. The legs are relatively short, the length of the bill suggests an "Alpina" race bird.
Hope this helps. Cheers Gordon MMWWT vol.
ps the Whooper Swans are injured birds present all year Male JN9 has been present for several years.

-- Edited by Gordon Taylor on Sunday 9th of September 2012 07:41:26 PM

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Curlew Sandpiper had been reported. I think I found this, but it was very distant, way at the back from Ron Barker Hide, so not a great view. Once I picked it out among the far larger Ruff and Lapwing, I was able to see a dinky wader with reddish head and flush to breast, white underparts and longish, clearly downcurved bill.

Also at Ron Barker

3 Whooper Swans
1 Marsh Harrier
2 Raven
Lots of Greylags flying over
Kestrel

Swanlink Hide

Black-tailed Godwits
Kestrel
Peregrine, seen from the trail, great view

Also really enjoyed their wildfowl collection, nice to see Wood Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Lesser White-fronted Goose up-close, as well as some lovely birds from around the world.

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Pretty quiet at the mere-only things of note
Marsh Harrier-2 ,possibly 3
Ruff- c10
Buzzard-3
Plenty Greylag and Teal


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10.00-1.00

Ron barker

2 peregrine(1 adult 1 juv)
1 marsh harrier
4 black tailed godwit
6 ruff
12 snipe
1 common gull
6 redshank

Around the rest of the reserve

8 snipe
1 marsh harrier
2 little grebe
1 peregrine
2 buzzard

A peregrine also appeared over the cafe putting all the pigeons up.incidentally the lasagne was fantastic.

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Further info on the Marsh Harriers at Martin Mere. The nest was on a raised tussock in a flooded field, the chicks were about 7-10 days old when the heavy rain on the 22nd of June caused severe flooding on the reserve. The nest remained above the flood but it is assumed that the chicks died due to the adults being unable to hunt. On the Saturday the male was bringing food and a food pass was seen, we hoped that the chicks had survived but by Tuesday the pair had abandoned the nest.
The pair are still being seen on the reserve so there is a good chance of another attempt next year

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News on the WWT website that the newly hatched Marsh Harrier chicks perished in the recent floodwater.




What a flamin disastrous summer for ground nesters.Thats a real shame

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News on the WWT website that the newly hatched Marsh Harrier chicks perished in the recent floodwater.

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A pleasant few hours in the sun this afternoon with Mrs d.highlights were singles of ruff black tailed godwit and green sandpiper(thanks to Stephen Burke for pointing it out as it was sleeping and a fair distance away).also present were 2 little ringed plover 3 ringed plover avocet with small young(which looked quite isolated at times) and a distant group of around 10 dunlin flying past.all the usuals also about.

-- Edited by chrisdorney on Sunday 17th of June 2012 09:20:26 PM

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There are 2 or 3 resident Whooper swans at the mere , either injured or just not interested in going and have been there for some years

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Should have wrote this up on the day but haven't had the chance.
3/6/12 (Sunday) 11.30am - 4.45pm

Raines Hide
Avocets
Little Ringed Plovers x2
Pink Footed Geese x3
Oystercather
House Martins
Shelducks (MM seems to be overrun with them!)
Lapwing
Swallows

Ron Barker
More Avocets, some mobbing Herring gulls and blackheaded gulls.
Whooper Swan 1 - though this was very unseasonal? Resident bird maybe? If anyone can shed a little light it'd be appreciated.
Pied Wagtails
Tufted duck

Between Hides
Tree Sparrows, good to see good numbers.
Grey Heron

Janet Kear Hide
Great Spotted Woodpecker

United Utilities Hide
Pintails x2
Greylags
Common Buzzard
Marsh Harrier (m+f). Such brilliant raptors.
Skylarks
Wigeon x2
Redshank

Such a top class reserve, absolute jewel.

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Late PM
Pretty quiet
1 hobby distant
5 Common Buzzard
1 Ruff
a few redshank and oystercatcher
quite a few Avocet


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Tony Darby and myself arrived not knowing it had come back. We went to United Utilities but meanwhile it was being seen from the Ron Barker. We went for a coffee having heard it had flown off N; came back and it was being watched high up but there was no room and we missed it again. We also just missed the Crane flying in

Consolation birds:
Cuckoo 1
Ruff 1
Peregrine taking an Avocet chick (not something anyone would've seen in the 60s and 70s)
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Ringed Plover 3

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10 am to 12 am
Male Montagus Harrier distant from Ron Barker hide at 11 05 plus 2nd summer male Marsh Harrier and female Sparrowhawk

cheers
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Montagu's Harrier, Osprey during the day & Common Crane early evening all seen on the reserve yesterday (saturday)




I missed the montagu's by 5 mins arrived at 13 20 in the united utilities hide to be told it had been flying back and too for and hour at the front of united utilities,then flew off south over the water works towards the railway,I heard it was seen again further sw at 3pm.The osprey flew through in the morning and the crane arrived late afternoon-missed that also.Never take me on a twitch you will see nowt.
I missed the montys taking pictures of tame ducks never mind theres always next time





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Montagu's Harrier, Osprey during the day & Common Crane early evening all seen on the reserve yesterday (saturday)

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another bumper day off birds,77 species seen throughout the day(a new daily record for me) should off been more. 11-7.30pm.
the walk from burscough bridge station produced...

8 wheatears
1 yellow wagtail
2 yellowhammers
4 corn buntings
1 linnet
1 kestrel
10 red legged partridges
5 hares

at martin mere...

1 little stint
2 curlew sandpipers
1 garganey (male) a second was seen by another observer.
1 red crested pochard,located from harrier hide at 6.10pm.
all above first for the year for me
no signs off the wood sandpiper.

3 dunlins
1 common sandpiper
10 ringed plovers
2 whimbrels
3 curlews
30+ ruff
40+black tailed godwits
100+ avocets
2 little grebes
several buzzards throughout the day,6 in the air at once.
1 sparrowhawk
failed to see a marsh harrier
4 whitethroats
1 sedge warbler
3 reed warblers
1 willow warbler
1 chiffchaff
blackcaps all around
swifts, swallows, house martins & sand martins over.
small numbers off usual wildfowl.
plus all usual birds around the reserve.
2 hares & 1fox near the reed bed walk.



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Friday, May 4th.

Garganey 1m from United Utilities Hide.
Goldcrest 1 seen singing in collection gardens.
Wigeon 1m.
Pintail 1m 1f.
Little Ringed Plover 1
Ringed Plover 8+
Dunlin 5
Little Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Blk.T.Godwit 30+
Curlew 2
Ruff 30+
Avocet 120+
Redshank 6+
Oystercatchers
Lapwings
Kestrel 1
Grey Partridge 1
Red-Legged Partridge 2
Swifts/Swallows/House Martins
Reed/Willow Warblers
Blackcaps
Whitethroats
Chiffchaffs
Meadow Pipit 1

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8.30-7pm a long day,but a pleasant one despite the wind. considering it was pretty quiet still managed 74 species for the day.
a walk from burscough bridge station produced...

1 yellow wagtail (first for the year) curlew lane
4 wheatears 3m 1f
6 corn buntings
12 red legged partridges

at martin mere...

1 wood warbler (first for the year) in the wildfowl compounds,showed very well around 4.15pm even managed a few pics
2 marsh harriers
4-6 buzzards
1 kestrel
2 mediterranean gulls, just after 5pm at ron barker hide, thanks to chap for spotting them.
1 common sandpiper
1 dunlin
1 black tailed godwit
6 curlews
6 ringed plovers
7 ruff
2 white wagtails
100+ avocets
plenty off oystercatchers & redshanks
small numbers off usual wildfowl
plenty off blackcaps around
several swifts, swallows, house martins & only 1 sand martin over
plus all usual birds in & around the reserve.

reed warblers & willow warblers heard only.
did not manage to see red crested pochard.
no signs off the crane.




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Having spent a very pleasant morning on chat moss with Andy, Mel, Simon et al headed over to Martin Mere to find there was a Wood Warbler in the wildfowl garden.

Happily a burst of sunshine encouraged it to show itself and give a few bursts of song.
also seen
Reedbed walk

Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
3 Swift
House martin
Sand Martin


whilst on the main reserve there was plenty of the usual suspects

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You're right Sid, it was about time. One of the largest birds in the country has managed to elude me for almost three years. I even managed to miss the two birds close to where I live in Lymm a few days ago. Never mind, at least I can sleep easy now !

Also of note today at Martin Mere were: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover and a barbequed chicken & chips !



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Common Crane just seen by Mr Barber from the UU hide - about time too

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Common Crane late sunday, & apparently still on the reserve this morning

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Afternoon trip produced 30 oystercatcher 2 pink footed goose 2 ringed plover 80 avocet 10 redshank 30 tree sparrow 1 common gull GBB gull feeding on carrion 17 curlew( flew in for 20 mins) 30 shelduck 3 male ruff 20 black tailed godwits( some in breeding plumage) 2 blackcap chasing each other round Benny hill style whilst singing and finally a corn bunting singing somewhere in the distance from hale hide.marsh Harrier and peregrine also on site today but not seen by me alas.

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First post in the sighting sections..

Sunday 8th April 12:30-1:30pm, very brief visit to pick up binoculars left there last week, don't ask , and to have a look at the scopes at In Focus.

2 Marsh Harriers, my first ever sighting. Watched one for approx. 5 minutes before being joined by the second for a few minutes before going out of range.

2 Buzzards on fences around the mere
1 Sand Martin over the mere at 1pm

Lots of Avocet and Lapwing.



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11-5.30pm 60 species seen.

4 marsh harriers
4 buzzards at least
2 kestrels
no peregrines for me or barn owl considering it was out morning & evening
thousands off pink footed geese in & around reserve,eventually got sight off 4 white fronted geese around 4pm from harrier hide.
the mere still full off whooper swans inc 1 black swan
59 oystercatchers
65+ ruff
2 snipe
3 ringed plover,probably more unless they were moving around a lot.
4 black tailed godwits
2 g b b gulls
1 herring gull
5 l b b gulls
hundreds off black headed gulls
thousands off lapwings
good numbers off pintails, shelducks, wigeons, teals, pochards
1 goldcrest near kingfisher hide
1 treecreeper on my way in near car park
plus all the usual birds in & around reserve.

also on my way here along red cat lane 21 red legged partridges 15+6.
4 corn buntings,singing
and skylarks singing.
4 hares

good day despite the weather.



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Further sighting of bittern in flight over top mere reported today on WWT Martin Mere sighting board


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Another bittern sighting reported today on the WWT Martin Mere website

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On the WWT Martin Mere sightings section today - A bittern seen flying into the reedbeds. Seen from the Harrier Hide.

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Managed a quick hour before dusk, went with the aim of seeing the Barn Owl and wasn't disappointed as it gave good views from the UU hide. Also good numbers of Barnacle Geese and White Fronted and a single Bewick at the back of the main Mere.
Great views of the geese and wildfowl flying about as the sunset and a good haul of 30 species - fantastic way to start the weekend

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10.30-til dark, 55 species seen.
highlight off the day goes to the 2 bewick swans that i found at the ron barker hide around 4pm (now they say its tricky to id them from the whoopers)but these two were on there own in the middle off the pool,also confirmed by the two chaps that were there & the photo i took was confirmed by the swan experts in raines observatory,went home very chuffed & also a lifer for me
other highlights..
1 ring tailed hen harrier
4 marsh harriers
2 buzzards
2 kestrels
2 ravens
thousands off pink footed geese, no signs off white fronteds,
50+ barnacle geese
1500+ whooper swans
50+ ruff
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 willow tit
plus lots off the usual shellducks, pintails, teals, wigeons, + others
good numbers off lapwings, est 4000
plus all the usual birds in & around the reserve
good day out

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