Brown Hare by Andy Bunting - in focus
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Spring is on it's way! March and April see a dramatic change across the reserve as the majority of winter visitors leave to be replaced with in coming breeding birds and passage migrants heading North.
Obvious early nesting birds will included Lapwing and Avocet and WWT Martin Mere has the greatest density of both these species in the North West. First migrants to appear will include Sand Martin, Wheatear, singing Chiffchaff and Blackcaps, closely followed by Swallow, Willow Warbler, White and Yellow Wagtails, Sedge and Reed Warblers and Whitethroat.
Waders will be on the move with Little Ringed Plover, Green and Common Sandpipers, Greenshank and Whimbrel all likely to put in an appearance. Don't rule out the odd rarity as in recent years Black-winged Stilt, Common Crane and Lesser Scaup have all been found during these months.
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Posted on 17th April 2014 by Bernie Starkie
A good day’s birding, despite windy and quite chilly conditions. An adult Little Gull in breeding plumage spent all day on the Mere, and was still present as the reserve closed. Other passage migrants on the Mere [...]
Posted on 16th April 2014 by Andy Bunting
Another good wader day with 115 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 110+ Lapwing, 28 Avocet, 21 Ruff inc breeding plumage male, 23 Oystercatcher, 13 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover and yesterday a report of [...]
Posted on 15th April 2014 by Andy Bunting
Top spring day weather wise loads of butterflies on the wing, plenty of breeding birds in song around the reserve too. First Whimbrel of the year with c.70 Curlew from the Ron Barker Hide this morning. Other waders [...]