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07 Jan 2018

Bittern

Posted in All

Stunning winters day with a very light North Easterly which is always ideal as the majority of the hide windows face west and south.

Frosty start on the Mere

Bird of the day was a Bittern that flew onto Vinson’s Marsh early afternoon before flying into the reeds around Top Mere. Bittern are annual on the reserve, mostly seen in flight during the winter period as birds come to winter in the UK from continental Europe. Last year Bitterns were seen in July and September and a bird was heard ‘booming’ in April.

Additional sighting to add to yesterday’s comprehensive list; Two Water Rail showing in front of the Ron Barker Hide. Bullfinch near the Kingfisher Hide. Four Little Egret seen today. A few Song Thrushes noted today and a Grey Wagtail.

If you are visiting Martin Mere for the first time and would like to know what is around and the best areas to see specific species do call in at the in focus shop, next to the Discovery Hide which over looks the Mere. It should be possible to see over 60 species in a day without too much difficulty.