Trip reports

Marton Mere - Blackpool

Marton Mere - Blackpool
Long eared owl - Neil Prendergast

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Our trip to Marton Mere unfortunately met with inclement weather, a small contingent of hardy ones descended on the site in rain, hail and high winds. Amazingly the rangers and volunteers on the reserve were hard at it, cutting and clearing reed and overgrown vegetation, dedicated brave souls indeed. Needless to say we didn't linger. We hid for a while in the hide by the well stocked feeding station and admired the finches, tits and a little band of female pheasants. Then High- tailed it along the path to the area where we were advised the long eared owl lingered, we were not disappointed, Leo sat in the tree, giving one of the best views we had in a long time. Tick!
The Lake didn't hold any secrets, all the usual ducks geese, swans, cormorants, grebes and gulls.

Sharp exit to Ribble Discovery Centre, Lytham St Annes and Fairhaven Lake.
Decamped to café and sat in the window seats with restorative cake and coffee. Amazing who needs to stand outside and survey when the sought red throated diver swam right in front of the window .Tick!

Party then split into 2, some went off to see the long staying shorelark at Rossall point. Others dipped into Warton Marsh reserve to see the large flocks of migratory widgeon waggling on the grass!
Last stop was Newton le willows in serch of the female black redstart reportedly popping about the yards of a terrace of houses... dipped not today.
Leo and Diver saved the day.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/r/ribblediscoverycentre/index.aspx