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06 Feb 2018

Let it Snow

Posted in All

Rare for snow to settle at Martin Mere

A light dusting of snow is always a delight (if you like that sort of thing).

Some brief reports. A mixed flock of 200+ Fieldfare and a few Redwing were seen just off the reserve this morning. Both of these species have been seen in the cattle field to the right of the Ron Barker Hide. No problems catching Blackbird on site and if you spend a little time looking, both Song and Mistle Thrush are around, sometimes near the roped section Car Park.

Some excellent views of Lapwing, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit to be had from the Discovery Hide at the moment. A good count of Golden Plover today with 23 birds, new for the year too, also 2 Dunlin.

Black-tailed Godwit having a delve around.

Views of Tawny Owl and Barn Owl over the past two days. The ‘usual’ raptors with 5+ Marsh Harrier, 5+ Buzzard, Peregrine, 3 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk.

Roe Deer fence jumping! There are regular sightings of at least 3 animals.

Other sightings included Kingfisher and Stonchat.

No sign of the Scaup present on Sunday.

Plenty of Reed Bunting visiting the feeding stations. Minimum 30 Tree Sparrow by the Kingfisher Hide, Goldcrest in that area too. At least 50 Stock Dove present.

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.

Mega Sunset (Andy Bunting)