Trip reports

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Visit to WWT Martin Mere
The Mere (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Moving swiftly through reception we headed out towards the Ron Barker Hide and soon spotted an adult peregrine on the grassland plucking a recently caught prey.
Whooper swan fed in their family groups while others flew past to feed in the distant fields passing incoming groups. Many skeins of pink-footed geese returned from the estuaries to feed in the adjacent fields. One small flock of feral barnacle geese contained an escaped red-breasted goose. Although not a tick, it was nice to be able to distinguish them in flight.

A juvenile merlin gave good views as it perched on a nearby fence post and three buzzard were also spotted. An immature peregrine swept back and forth in front of us unable to catch its lunch but scattered the hundreds of teal and wigeon.

The Mere holds over a thousand whoopers many arriving early for their evening feed and the other wildfowl included pintail, shelduck and mallard. The shoreline held lapwing, black-tailed godwit, ruff and a couple of redshank.

Fortunately the rain held off until our return to the coach, although it was quite chilly.

Peter and Lesley Berrill