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Back to Martin Mere WWT for lots of birds

Today we had a wonderful day out with Julie, Sarah and Mary. First we visited the RSPB Marshside Marsh nature reserve north of Southport. The reserve was alive with thousands of birds, the majority were Wigeon! None of us had ever seen so many Wigeon in one place before, carpets of them moved across the grass. Two Peregrines showed, one on the ground while the other tore across the marsh. Hundreds of Pink-footed Geese were in the area and we picked out a Barnacle Goose amongst them.

On the junction pool we had great views of Pintail and Shoveler and then the female Long-tailed Duck popped up! This rather lost sea-duck spent most of its time underwater as it dived repeatedly. A big flock of Golden Plover circled over the fields along with thousands of Lapwing and small numbers of Black-tailed Godwit.

Nearby we stopped to watch a stunning Little Owl in an old barn, what a brilliant bird! This tiny owl stared back us at with its pale yellow eyes allowing everyone time to really enjoy this increasingly scarce bird.

Then on to Martin Mere WWT where we enjoyed another bird overload! The mere was packed with Whooper Swans and wildfowl, gangs of Ruff were around the edges. We had great views of Reed Buntings and a flock of Long-tailed Tits. A hot meal was very welcome before we headed out to visit the rest of the hides.


Out at the hides we watched two Peregrine Falcons, an adult female and an immature male. Lots more Wigeon and huge numbers of Teal were on the wet fields along with Whooper Swans. Two gangs of Tree Sparrows were a very welcome sight, we've not seen one in North Wales for ages.

Whooper and Coot

Pink foot close

We ended the day in the Raine's observatory and watched the swan feed - a spectacular sight as birds mass right outside the windows.

Shelduck mass closer

Shelduck drops in

Whooper family

Whooper neck

Whooper chase

Nice light MM WWT

As we were leaving the reserve hundreds of Pink-footed Geese flew low overhead as they dropped on to the reserve to roost, a wonderful end to a thrilling day of birds and great company.

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