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 9th March 2014 by Andy Bunting
A brief sunday update. Two Siberian Chiffchaff still present with at least 2 Common Chiffchaff opposite the Sewage Works from the Reedbed Walk. Waders reported included 70+ Avocet, 4 Redshank, 3+ Ringed Plover, 7 Common [...]
Posted on 8th March 2014 by Andy Bunting
Plenty of action again today, mild in the afternoon as the wind dropped. A good day for raptors for some with male Hen Harrier briefly mid afternoon, male and female Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 6+ Common Buzzard and [...]
Posted on 7th March 2014 by Tony Disley
Spring is definitely in the air, lots of Waders building up on the reserve with counts of 102 Avocet, 86 Oystercatcher, 50 Ruff including a stunning male in almost full breeding plumage, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 [...]