Martin Mere WWT - 22nd August 2009

A couple of hours up at Martin Mere late this afternoon brought us both a rare tick with a Wilsons Phalarope sowing well from the Ron Barker hide. It had been flitting between there and the Swan Link hide all day and this time our luck was in as we joined a full hide watching it feed amongst the Teal. Also around were 2 Buzzard in the distance sat on a fence and a juvenile Hen Harrier meandering along in the distant fields. A Water Rail dipped in and out of the reed bed and Reece managed a quick view before it disappeared for good. There were c100 Lapwing and 5 Snipe feeding amongst them as well as a single Avocet.

Wilsons Phalarope feeding next to Teal taken through a scope with a mobile phone

2 comments:

Jonathan Scragg said...

Well done Derek and Reece, I hope it stays around till Monday.

Anonymous said...

I'm a birder living just down the road from MM and went 3 times to see it........ but didn't! - Gutted but well done you two! - Another day for me I think. Bye the way, great blog, please keep up the good work, all the best, Dave B