Trip reports

Ad Hoc Outdoor Meeting, RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Tuesday 16 October

Ad Hoc Outdoor Meeting, RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Tuesday 16 October

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The weather was dry, generally overcast with some sunny intervals, clear, still and mild for mid-October.
Some highlights:
Before we had really got started a hen harrier (ringtail) flew across the reserve with excellent views from the Visitor Centre. Unfortunately it was missed by some members of the group.
A solitary cattle egret could also be clearly seen amongst the cattle in the grassland just beyond the scrapes in front of the Visitor Centre.
We saw a reasonable selection of waders - dunlin, black-tailed godwit, ruff, redshank, lapwing and snipe from the Visitor Centre and at Marsh Covert and Inner Marsh Farm hides. There were also good numbers of pink-footed goose, greylag goose, shelduck, shoveler, teal and tufted duck.
A Cetti's warbler was clearly heard but proved impossible to see in the reedbeds near Marsh Covert hide.
A flock of at least 25 linnets were seen feeding in the seed-rich fields along the trail leading to Inner Marsh Farm hide.
Surprisingly there were no curlew on the main reserve and the curlew sandpiper that had been around for several days had apparently moved on.
However, we left in good spirits in the now mid-afternoon sunshine with a total of 45 species for the day.
Alan Brereton

Bird List
mute swan
pink-footed goose
greylag goose
Canada goose
shelduck
shoveler
mallard
teal
tufted duck
pheasant
cormorant
little egret
cattle egret
grey heron
hen harrier
moorhen
coot
lapwing
ruff
dunlin
snipe
black-tailed godwit
redshank
black-headed gull
herring gull
woodpigeon
pied wagtail
dunnock
robin
blackbird
Cetti's warbler (heard)
goldcrest
long-tailed tit
blue tit
great tit
nuthatch
magpie
jackdaw
carrion crow
rook
raven
starling
chaffinch
goldfinch
linnet
(45 species)