Trip reports

RSPB outing to Marshside and Martin Mere on Sunday 19th of January 2020

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland
RSPB images

Friday, 24 January 2020

The day was cold frosty and fine with the occasional foggy patches. When we arrived at Southport the tide was far out. On the saltmarshes there were large numbers of pink footed geese alongside the odd little egret. There was also a young male Peregrine stood on a rotting tree root and a Merlin which was traveling very fast and close to the ground. On the pools there were plenty of waterfowl including a female scaup, pintail, widgeon, shelduck, pochard and tufted duck. Waders seen included black tailed godwit, golden plover and lapwing.
We arrived at Martin Mere around one o clock. As usual it provided a great number of birds to be seen. There were large numbers of Whooper Swans, Pin tails, Black tailed Godwits, Snipe and Ruff along with Goldeneye and buzzard. At the feeding station long tailed tits, Greenfinch the lucky few saw a barn owl. Mammals seen included a couple of Field Mice taking advantage of a bird feeder. We left Martin Mere at 4.30.