Trip reports

Vist to Marton Mere

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 14 January 2012

On a cold, crisp and sunny morning, 11 of us set off to go round Marton Mere. We soon saw lots of greenfinches, goldfinches and chaffinches. We then had good views of a sparrowhawk and several kestrels.

We tried to see a long eared owl in a tree which proved difficult but was seen by all, it being a first time for several people.

Down the east side of the lake we had scope views of fieldfares, redwing, 2 stock doves, and large flock of linnets. Lunch was taken at the Fylde Bird Club hide were we saw lots of teal, a few goldeneyes, pochard, tufted ducks, shoveler and various gulls. We then went towards the feeding station and had very good views of fieldfares eating apples on the tree. There were blue, great and long tailed tits, also reed buntings, dunnock and a great spotted woodpecker. On the way back a peregrine circled over us, a good finish to the day at Marton Mere.

We then decided to finish the day at Knott End to try for a black redstart. We did not manage to see it but we had close views of turnstones, eider ducks, sanderling, great crested grebe, knot, dunlin, oystercatchers and various gulls. It was a good end to a day's bird watching.
Andrew Cornall