Trip reports

Visit to Martin Mere

Visit to Martin Mere

Sunday, 18 January 2009

On a cold and blustery day, 11 members met in the reserve car park for a local RSPB group outing to this WWT reserve.
The group visited the Swan Link Hide first and were confronted by several hundred Whooper Swans (including some family parties of adults & juveniles).
Also present were numerous Greylag Geese & a few Pinkfooted Geese (the latter noticable by their absence). 5 or 6 Cormorants were standing with wings outstretched.
The predominant ducks were Shelduck & Pintail, both in substantial numbers, along with Pochard, Teal, Mallard in lesser numbers. Coot & Moorhen were also present.
On the islands & banks Black headed Gulls were present in large numbers, with a few Common Gulls & 2 Great Black Backed Gulls present.
Waders were represented by large flocks of Lapwing, interspersed by good numbers of Ruff & a few Redshank. When the Lapwing took to the air, due to the presence of Peregrines harrasing them, a few Golden Plover were spotted in flight. A Buzzard was also seen at the back of the reserve in flight.
The United Utilities hide was the next hide visited & a Kestrel (f) was spotted perched in a tree. On the wetlands, Wigeon were seen in numbers; also a couple of Grey Herons along with Tufted Duck & Mute Swan. Little Grebe were seen in the dyke.
The feeding stations allowed sightings of 11-12 Long Tailed Tits (they appeared to have survived the cold spell), along with 6-7 Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Blackbird and Blue/Great/Coal Tits and 4-5 Tree Sparrows all taking advantage of the food supply. A Great Spotted Woodpecker made a brief appearance, along with a fleeting glimpse of a male Sparrowhawk searching for it's own food supply.
After lunch, some members visited the Ron Barker hide & were rewarded with a view of a Bewicks Swan (one of 6-7 amongst the host of Whoopers).
A pleasant outing albeit a bit on the cold side but I belive enjoyed by all. Apologies for any omissions of other sightings.
JW Bateman Group Leader.