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Bunting-fest
19 Mar 2019

Bunting-fest

Overcast to start the day with a little misty rain feeling milder and spring like in the afternoon. Top news, the water levels on the Mere are slowly being dropped to the spring/summer levels! A great selection of species seen and heard today. Both Ye...

Sighting Map Sunday
17 Mar 2019

Sighting Map Sunday

Seven species of raptor; Merlin, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. ab...

Woodcock
13 Mar 2019

Woodcock

A few more sightings of Woodcock in the past couple of days. Big thanks to Jim Bevan for this photograph. Other recent wader species recorded; Avocet,Oystercatcher (108), Curlew, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Ruff (48) and Black-tailed ...

Record Avocet Count
12 Mar 2019

Record Avocet Count

A late afternoon count of Avocet broke the Martin Mere record and possibly Lancashire/North West with 141 birds. Martin Mere played host to the first birds that bred in the North West in 2003 and since that time the birds have been back every year. In the...

Latest Sighting
11 Mar 2019

Latest Sighting

An adult European White-fronted Goose came in with Pink-footed Geese mid afternoon.Bittern booming again this morning on the Reed Bed.Peregrine was the pick of the raptors today. Tawny Owl and Barn Owl again today.Woodcock showing again along the Nature T...

Hen Harrier again
05 Mar 2019

Hen Harrier again

A new ringtail Hen Harrier has been seen over the last few days, this bird seems to be a juvenile bird while the late Feb bird appeared to be an adult/near adult female type, but no reports of either bird today so far but an immature Marsh Harrier has bee...

Raptor Fest!
27 Feb 2019

Raptor Fest!

A brief update. Check out a few previous days for a fuller picture. If you are visiting the reserve and would like to know what's around or have any sightings to report, pop in to the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide.A great couple of days for rap...

Latest Sightings
26 Feb 2019

Latest Sightings

Call in at the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide to report any sightings or to get up to date info on what's around and the best spots to see things.Butterflies seen in the past couple of days; Brimestone, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock...

Bittern
24 Feb 2019

Bittern

Very brief update. Do check out recent days for a fuller picture. Bittern 'booming' or at least practicing early afternoon on the Reed Bed Walk.Six Curlew on the back of the Mere late morming and two Ringed Plover before the later flew towards Woodend Mar...

Latest Sightings
23 Feb 2019

Latest Sightings

A brief report of today's sightings.A count of 110 Avocet is very close to a record high at Martin Mere. Still early days as more birds continue to arrive. Also today 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Ruff (including a male developing early breeding plumage), 6...

Bearded Reedlings
21 Feb 2019

Bearded Reedlings

A group of 8 Bearded Tit have been seen once again on site, these are almost certainly the birds from October last year which have only been reported a few times since the original sightings last year. The birds were seen independently by two observers to...

Some Counts
20 Feb 2019

Some Counts

Some recent counts. Whooper Swan 720 Pink-footed Geese 1200Wigeon 833 Gadwall 14 Teal 428 Mallard 524 Pintail 242 Shoveler 10 Pochard 60 Tufted Duck 40 Goldeneye 2 Shelduck 555 Greylag Goose 213 Canada Goose 88 Little Grebe 3 Cormorant 36 Gr...

60 Avocet
18 Feb 2019

60 Avocet

Colder than the weekend with a strong breezy and a brief shower early morning. Reports from today and the weekend.As expected a further increase of Avocet now 60 birds, mostly loafing around from the Ron Barker Hide. One colour ringed bird present was rin...

Avocet Influx continues
15 Feb 2019

Avocet Influx continues

Another cracking day. Probably being spoilt with this weather but lets not complain! Out on the Reed Bed Walk and near the Janet Kear Hide the first Brimestone Butterflies of the year. Folklore has it that butterflies are named 'butter'-'flies' because of...

Hare Today
14 Feb 2019

Hare Today

A chilly start off set by blue skies and sunshine throughtout the day. A dawn count of 894 Whooper Swan has been failry consistent this winter. We are approaching the stage were birds that have wintered at Welney (etc) will come back through as birds that...

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