The mild conditions of the last week have certainly been very busy in terms of the bird groups arriving on site. Some brilliant autumn birds are passing through, with flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings a constant sight and sound around the reserve. Birds of prey are also prominent with up to eight species to choose from on a good day. These include the occasional rarity such as the recent sightings of a Ringtailed Hen Harrier.
But these groups although stunning in their own right, are still only a tasty bird watching starter, the main course being the spectacular Wildfowl on the Mere. The Reserve is currently home to thousands of ducks, such as Teal, Wigeon, Pintail and Pochard to name but a few. We are also treated to the daily arrivals of hundreds of Whooper Swans and the seemingly endless skeins of Pink-footed geese returning at dusk, all making Martin Mere hard to beat this Autumn.