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Some Counts
15 Oct 2019

Some Counts

Overcast but calm today. Good condition for scanning. Some counts on the reserve show how much movement has occurred in the past few weeks. Teal numbers are building up nicely with over 3000 using the reserve. Great to watch these small fast ducks avoidin...

Sunday Update
13 Oct 2019

Sunday Update

Overcast today with light rain early on. Saturday provided a weather opportunity for the arrival of 1000's of Pink-footed Geese and the highest count of the autumn so far of Whooper Swan, 127 counted late on yesterday. Not just Whooper Swan turning up a m...

Latest Sightings
11 Oct 2019

Latest Sightings

Another day when the weather wasn't really playing ball early on. Nevertheless anyone visiting the reserve will still come away a great selection of birds, 50-60 species in a days birding. Good on the raptor front again with highlights including a Merlin ...

Late Hobby
09 Oct 2019

Late Hobby

A fairly wild start to the day weather wise, squally showers blowing through. A good raptor day yesterday; a late adult Hobby showed well from the United Utilities Hide and over the Grounds. Also 6 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 4+ Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 1+ S...

Recent Sightings
06 Oct 2019

Recent Sightings

Wildfowl numbers increasing on the Mere with 70 Shoveler, 500 Teal (c1000 on site), 45 Pintail, 24 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard and 500 Mallard. Lots of Pink-footed Geese in and out today with a few thousand in Plover Field on and off throughout the day. At lea...

Bearded Tit
04 Oct 2019

Bearded Tit

Two Bearded Tit were seen in front of the Harrier Hide just after 10am, there are some grit tables just to the right of the hide which the birds maybe using to help crush up seeds as they transition from insect food to seeds in the autumn.A group of 11 Du...

Whooper Swans
03 Oct 2019

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans building up nicely with at least 44 counted on the Mere today, also last night over 20,000 Pink-footed Geese came into roost! A few more Pintail on the Mere including a male almost fully out of eclipse plumage looking as elegant as ever.A 2n...

Wednesday Newsflash !!
02 Oct 2019

Wednesday Newsflash !!

After an early "false start" last week when 2 birds flew over, the first Whooper Swans of the season finally arrived back at Martin Mere this morning, with 20 birds on the Mere by lunchtime.Also on the Mere today, Kingfisher and 5,000+ Pink-footed Geese.F...

Monday's Sightings
30 Sep 2019

Monday's Sightings

Lovely start to the day after yesterday non-stop rain. Currently the grounds are closed but no problems for access to the hides and nature trails..Water levels are high across the reserve and Plover Field/Ashtons/Owl Marsh look fantastic with newly floode...

Great Weather for Snipe
29 Sep 2019

Great Weather for Snipe

No shortage of rain in the past 24 hours and more to come in the next 48. Water levels have risen a good deal already, watch this space.. On the up side it's been great watching large flocks of Snipe flying around in the rain. It's almost as if they celeb...

Latest Sightings
27 Sep 2019

Latest Sightings

Few reports on an awful day weather wise which didn't turn up many new birds and few sightings reported. Despite the weather birds reported included 3 Pintail on the Mere along with 200 Teal and 8 Wigeon and 15 Shoveler and 2 Mute Swans.4000+ Pink-footed ...

Willow Tit
26 Sep 2019

Willow Tit

The Willow Tit continues to show, Peregrine performing well, lots of Pink-footed Geese and a few Migrant Hawker Dragonflies - Photo by Jim Bevin...

200+ Snipe
25 Sep 2019

200+ Snipe

After yesterday's non stop rain today looks like a far better proposition. It's been a good few weeks for Snipe on the reserve with at least 200 present around the site including individual counts of 119 on the Mere and 65 from the Harrier Hide.Pink-foote...

Latest Sightings
23 Sep 2019

Latest Sightings

Pink-footed Geese numbers increased to around 10,000. Good numbers on and off the reserve throughout the day. Three Greenshank flew in early afternoon. Other waders included 1000 Lapwing, 150+ Snipe, 14 Ruff, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Green Sandpiper.Se...

First Whooper Swans
21 Sep 2019

First Whooper Swans

Blue skies and very mild with a brisk easterly. Tomorrow's change in the weather looks interesting as a rain front comes in from the south west, maybe some waders will be dropped in? Two Whooper Swan flew over the reserve early afternoon. These are the fi...