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December 2006

Sunday, 10 December 2006

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

"Winter Wonderland" at Martin Mere WWT, Lancashire.

The "Barmy Army" of the Wirral Group braved the heavy rain and cold arctic winds to see what Martin Mere had to offer. Despite the dreadful weather conditions we caught up with a lovely kingfisher fishing from reeds overlooking the ditch in front of the Ron Barker hide. Even though itwas raining heavily a buzzard and at least one peregrine falcon still hunted the wetlands, with the latter causing consternation amongst the flocks of lapwing and starlings. As you would expect we saw over 500 whooper swan, many hundreds of teal, pintail, mallard and pochard together with thousands of greylag geese and the odd flock of pink footed goose. A solitary bewick swan (one of only two present at Martin Mere) was a good find as it preened at the back of the main pool and a flock of 30+ ruff gave a good opportunity at looking at the wide variety of plumages these birds have to offer.

A quick look at the tree sparrows at the feeder near the centre before having an excellent lunch in the restaurant serenaded with christmas carols by a local school choir. Our only regret is that we had to leave before father christmas arrived at the grotto!