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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 Birds

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 [...]

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Whimbrel new for the year

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 [...]

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Grasshopper Warbler

Posted on 14th April 2014 by Andy Bunting

More arrivals with Grasshopper Warbler reeling along the Reedbed Walk, Sedge and Reed Warbler also singing there. Waders have included 75 Curlew, 4 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit and 40 Avocet. Breeding plumage Ruff on [...]

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