We spent a couple of hours back up at Martin Mere paying a brief visit to most of the hides. We started as usual at the Ron Barker hide and worked our way back paying our usual visit to the cafe for a coffee and a bacon and sausage sandwich to help take the chill off, well it would be rude not to!
Sightings on the walk down included Dunnock, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Tree Sparrow, Pheasant and Wood Pigeon, so nothing out of the ordinary there.
ABOVE MALE PHEASANT BELOW MALE CHAFFINCHThe hides were quiet with the weather being so bad but there were plenty of Pinkfooted and Whooper Swan on show as well as Wigeon, Greylag, Shellduck, Teal, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Pintail, Shoveller and a single Ruddy Duck.
RUDDY DUCK AMONGST PINTAIL, SHELLDUCK AND BLACK HEADED GULLThe surprise was the mostly white, and what we think is a Ruff amongst other Ruff feeding in front of the Raines Hide.
ABOVE FEMAIL RUFF BELOW WHITE PLUMAGED RUFF
ABOVE AND BELOW MALE RUFFOther sightings included Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Siskin, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Pied Wagtail and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.