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December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Fortune favours the brave !

Fortune favours the brave !

The weather when we arrived at the lovely reserve of Lunt Meadows was cold but dry. How quickly that changed to hail, snow and a strong cold wind was quite breath taking !! Undaunted we explored the reserve and were rewarded by 2 Red-legged Partridge, 14 Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveller, Little Egret, a Bullfinch, a pair of Stonechat and a Redwing. Several thousand Pink footed Geese could be seen (and heard) feeding in the fields surrounding the reserve but despite spending a lot of time working our way through them we couldn't find any rarer geese amongst them. Later in the day 2 Short eared Owls made an appearance but were only seen by a small number of the group. We moved off to Martin Mere and after a hot drink and some splendid food we moved off around the reserve to see what we could find. From the Ron Barker hide we had excellent views of a very obliging Kingfisher but bird of the day was a Green winged Teal, superbly found by Chris Wilding amongst a large flock of Teal. Birds of prey included a couple of Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and a fast moving Sparrowhawk. Surprisingly there were few geese in the fields or marsh and Whooper Swan numbers only increased when it approached 'feeding time'. As you would expect there were large numbers of Pintail, Shoveller, Wigeon, Teal plus a handful of Pochard and a few Goldeneye. Waders were thin on the ground with large numbers of Lapwing, a few Ruff and the odd Black-tailed Godwit. The biggest disappointment was that only two of our group saw any Tree Sparrow - Martin Mere is usually a place you can rely on seeing Tree Sparrow in double figures ! A quick cup of a hot drink in the café before we left meant that we not only saw Santa but were also treated to a spectacular Starling murmuration.