Trip reports

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Sunday, 25 November 2007

A weasel dashed across the footpath, then 'popped' out again for the benefit of those who missed it.

From the Kingfisher Hide thirty grazing barnacle geese were accompanied by a single red-breasted goose and two peregrines loitered in the grass nearby.

At the Ron Barker Hide the two peregrines briefly hovered into the wind before alighting on a nearby island and a pair of stonechats perched in the phragmites. Up to three buzzard were present.

Tree sparrows, greenfinches, chaffinches and goldfinches were active around the feeding stations. A great spotted woodpecker pecked away at a silver birch while redwing and fieldfare fed along the hedgerow.

Ruff, picture nicely captured by Alan Lunn, fed along the shoreline in front of the Raines Observatory and beautiful drake pintail drifted in the shallows.

A merlin settled briefly on an island overlooked by the United Utilities Hide and a pair of stoats scampered erratically along a grassy track and over a bridge where a kingfisher suddenly appeared.

The little owl proved difficult to spot on the distant farm buildings, but the Marsh harrier was more obliging as it flapped lazily down the reserve.

Hundreds of whooper swans congregated around the Swanlink Hide for feeding time, flying in from the surrounding fields.
Shelduck, quite large birds, looked insignificant dashing between the huge swans in their feeding frenzy. The swans spent more time squabbling amongst themselves.

Peter & Lesley Berrill