Tuesday, 31 December 2013

End of year visits to WWT Martin Mere and surrounding areas.... 27th-29th December 2013.

I have just enjoyed a long weekend visiting WWT  Martin Mere also RSPB's Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh.

The highlight being the sight and sound of the Whooper Swans at Martin Mere and in surrounding fileds. Lapwing, Golden Plover, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit, Starling, Pink-footed Geese and Shelduck were a sheer joy to see and hear in great numbers. Barnacle Geese, Peregrine, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Golden eye and a special treat was seeing a Great Northern Diver on the water at Marine Lake in Southport. Sea watching was very difficult with the strong winds gusting, it was very hard to keep the tripod still, however distant views of literally thousands of Gulls on the seashore was lovely to see, closer views would have been a bonus!
A Ross's Goose at RSPB Marshside was a treat to see, I was informed that where it had arrived from was not known. It was still a delight to see such a pretty Goose.

On arrival at Martin Mere on Friday the wind was very strong with the gusts of wind increasing in speed during the afternoon, this led to the reserve being closed from around 3.00pm as at least one tree was looking to be near to falling.
It was a weekend of gusty winds, hail and rain showers and sunshine intermingled with sights and sounds of some superb bird species!

A great weekend 'Up North' to end a good birding year!

I wish a  Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New year to all in 2014.


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