Trip reports

A Reedbed walk

A Reedbed walk
Laura Bimson

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A joint venture with the Merseyside naturalists association. Saw 20 determined amblers set out on a 5 mile walk over farmland on a cold, bright February Saturday. The walk followed the footpaths from the Leeds - Liverpool canal at Burscough and around the reedbed that's part of the bird and visitor popular Wildfowl & Wetland Trust reserve of Martin Mere.
Up to 53 species were counted on the day the highlights being; Long skeins of geese travelling to and from the fields and reserve. Entertaining Raptors, including a Buzzard, a remarkable 3 Peregrine falcons and a fabulous quartering Barn Owl. Lots of finches frequent the surrounding cultivated fields and are drawn in by the well stocked feeders at the reserve. The teem were pleased to report a large flock of Linnets, Siskins, Redpolls, Goldfinches, Yellowhammer, Tree sparrows and a particular nice close up view of a singing Skylark perched upon a on a bale of hay- sadly a rare sight and sound nowadays.
On a more concerning note one of our members picked up an old Chinese lantern, a modern day menace, fire hazard and risk to wildlife. Beautiful to watch as they float by in the sky and sentiment is heart felt, but so is an old fashioned flickering lit candle...
Another worry for our amblers was a distressed Longhorn cow that was walking around with a bright yellow feed bucket on its face, obviously determined to get the last morsel at its cost! Fortunately the Martin Mere staff were alerted to its plight, who managed (after about an hour) to get the bucket off the cow.
Never a dull moment on a RSPB Liverpool Walk.

http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/wildlife/chineselanterns