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02 Jun 2018

Otter and other sightings

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Overcast today after some overnight rain. Good visibility early on.

An Otter was seen in Langley’s Brook from the Ron Barker Hide at 3pm.

Again plenty of evidence of breeding activity.

The pair of Great-crested Grebe have 3 young, currently hitching a ride on their parents back.

Double figure Avocet chicks with some getting a reasonable size.

More Black-headed Gull chicks are hatching out.

Shelduck are starting to hatch their young. Numerous Mallard broods are present. Moorhen around the reserve a many young and a few Coot too.

Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Long-tailed Tit (flock of 25+), Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Reed Bunting all actively feeding young or have recently fledged.

Other breeding birds but no counts include Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Redshank and Little Ringed Plover.

Up to 100 Black-tailed Godwit visiting the reserve and 3 Ruff including the breeding plumage male, also Ringed Plover present.

Usual raptors with 3+ Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Peregrine seen round 2pm.

At least 3 Cuckoo present. Two Common Tern. Swifts, House Martins and Swallows feeding over and around the reserve today.

Jackdaw on the lookout

Warblers singing include Cetti’s, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler.

If you’ve seen anything or counted numbers do call in at the in focus shop, next to the Discovery Hide. We can also tell you were the best spots are currently. It’s possible to record over 60 species of wild bird with to much difficulty in a days birding at Martin Mere.