With Reeces school closed because of the weather and me not in work due to my 3.30am return from Ireland we decided to put the day to good use. First stop was Martin Mere but not the Ron Barker hide, when we eventually headed down there all we saw was 15 Lapwing.
We started in the warmth of the Raines hide were several hundered Whooper were on view though no sign of a Bewicks. Also seen were Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shellduck, Coot, Greylag, Pinkfooted, Blackbird and Ruff. The Swanlink hide we added a Black-headed and Herring Gull plus the white Ruff we've seen on our last few visits.
ABOVE GREENFINCH BELOW MALE REED BUNTING
After seeing our first Short-eared Owl on new years day we added two more sightings on our Marshside visit as well as 2 Merlin. Waders were scarce but not a suprise with all the ice around though we did manage the odd Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe and Black-tailed Godwit. In the distance we saw large flocks of both Teal, Wigeon and Shellduck as well as Pinkfooted Geese scattered across the marsh. Gulls included Greater Black Backed, Herring, Common and Black Headed.