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November 2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Tree sparrow on twig

Eye of the Storm !

The high winds overnight had put the trip in doubt but with the rise of the sun (well what we could see of it behind the thick rain laden clouds!) the wind dropped to what was considered acceptable levels. We abandoned Marshside (on the basis that it would be too exposed) and went straight to Martin Mere. As always the main mere was brimming with wildfowl ... the sight and sound (and smell !) of thousands of duck, geese and swans never fails to amaze. No Bewick Swans could be found amongst the many Whooper Swans but we did catch up with several Marsh Harrier and Buzzards hunting over the fields / reed beds. Passerines were in short supply with only 2 Tree Sparrow, a couple of Reed Bunting amongst the commoner tits and finches on the feeders. Not many waders either - good numbers of lapwing but only a handful of Ruff and a single Black-tailed Godwit were seen. The Ron Barker hide produced the bird of the day - a lovely female Merlin. Geese obviously feature heavily with Pinked Footed and Greylag Geese in good numbers and a single Barnacle Goose was seen grazing on the grass. Duck also played their part with literally hundreds of Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard and tufted Duck. A Sparrowhawk and then a Peregrine on the way home certainly meant the birds of prey came top of the day !