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18 Mar 2017

Sightings

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Bird of the day was a Bittern seen well in flight from the 2nd viewing screen along the reedbed walk this morning just after 10am, this bird is probably from somewhere on the continent and has been wintering unseen in our now extensive reedbed areas all winter?

Other sightings today include 2 pairs of Mediterranean Gull on the Mere, hopefully from now on we can expect more regular sightings of this lovely Gull and with a bit of luck perhaps even a breeding attempt, as previous pairs have displayed and began nest building but haven’t got beyond that stage, maybe this could be the year that changes?

One of two pairs of Mediterranean Gull present on the Mere in the morning (T. Disley)

A Dunlin was sheltering on the far side of the Mere this morning along with 50 Black-tailed Godwit and 53 Oystercatcher.

A female Marsh Harrier seen on Thursday and today is the only sighting for weeks, hopefully more regular sightings to come. An adult female Peregrine was seen over Woodend Marsh this morning.

The male Green-winged Teal was seen again from Ron Barker Hide in the morning. Noticeably fewer wildfowl around now with many having left over the last 10 days, only 10 Whooper Swans counted this morning on the Mere and very few duck left.

A Stoat was seen along the reedbed walk.