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November 2009

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Fortune favours the bold !

Well we went and, although the weather was pretty awful, those of us who braved the conditions had a great day at Martin Mere. As always the noise from the swans on the main lake was deafening although unfortunately this time there were no Bewick Swans .... only around 1,000 Whooper !! Our test came in the form of finding the single Red-breasted Goose which had taken up resident with a flock of Barnacle Geese. Despite being quite a colourful bird it was surprisingly difficult to find in amongst the several thousand other geese although we did eventually catch up with it from the Ron Barker hide. In the end we got very good views, not only on the ground but also in flight. The other bird of the day was a lovely Brambling, sitting amongst a flock of Chaffinch in one of the hedges on the path round to the Ron Barker hide. Ducks were everywhere, from the elegant Pintail to the fast flying Teal. From the United Utilities hide we experienced the variance of plumages of Ruff, with one bird being almost white whilst the others the more normal brown. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine made visits to the reserve but the wet weather really made them look bedraggled ! Surprisingly no Kingfisher although we did pick up the ever present Tree Sparrow. With the NW bird Fair taking place we were able to browse the stalls .... which could be somewhat depressing when you see how good the new binoculars are compared to your own !!!! Sadly the restaurant was too busy and we had to forego our usual cooked lunch ...... although Margaret did manage to get in an early bacon batch much to our envy!