A male Goosander on the Mere today was real turn up for the books. Although this species is quite common in the right habitat within it’s range, Martin Mere is not the right habitat ! Goosanders generally prefer much deeper water, and the species is recorded less than annually on the reserve.
Wader numbers are still building up as birds start to head towards their Northern breeding grounds, with Ringed plover and Dunlin recorded today along with several small (6 to 20 birds) groups of Snipe, over 50 Ruff, similar numbers of Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit, and
Otherwise, much the same birds are present as have been over the last week or so, with Brambling (Janet Kear hide) and Water Rail (Gladstone hide) showing particularly well today.
Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Little Egret and Sparrowhawk were seen regularly, but we’ve had no reports of the Woodcock as far as late afternoon today.
For the latest news, pop in at the In Focus shop on your way out to the hides (and let us know what you’ve seen on the way out)