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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More migrants

Posted on 23rd April 2014 by Tony Disley

A few new migrants around today, the best of which was a male Redstart by the feeding station at Janet Kear Hide. A Common Tern was around the Mere most of the morning and at least 1 Grasshopper Warbler is …

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Posted on 22nd April 2014 by Tony Disley

Plenty of summer migrants to be seen on site at the moment, 2 Grasshopper Warbler can be seen and heard along the reedbed walk along with Reed and Sedge Warbler. Other warblers include Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow [...]

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French Gull

Posted on 21st April 2014 by Tony Disley

The Little Gull is still present along with 2 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sum bird bearing a French darvic ring and a 1st sum bird briefly). Waders present today were Dunlin, c20 Ruff, 16 Curlew, Little ringed Plover, Ringed [...]

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