Visit to Martin Mere WWT reserve – 12th December 2017

By | December 26, 2017

For our final outdoor meeting of 2017 we had planned to visit the Lancashire Wild Life Trust’s site at Lunt Meadows.  Because of the very cold weather and the lack of any shelter or facilities at Lunt the venue was changed at the last minute to Martin Mere where ten members of the group enjoyed a very good morning’s bird watching in the relative comfort of the well-constructed hides, and several of us stayed on for lunch in the reserve’s excellent cafe.

The bright but very cold weather made for excellent visibility, with closer than usual views of birds that were concentrated by the ice into unfrozen areas near the main hides.

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of 48 species seen:

Species Number Seen Comment
Blackbird Several  
Black-headed Gull Hundreds  
Black-tailed Godwit Several  
Blue Tit Several  
Brambling 1  
Buzzard 2  
Canada Goose A few  
Carrion Crow 1  
Chaffinch Several  
Coal Tit Several  
Coot Many  
Cormorant A few  
Dunnock A few  
Feral Pigeon Several  
Goldfinch Several  
Great Tit Several  
Grey Heron 3  
Greylag Goose Hundreds  
Herring Gull 1  
Hybrid Duck A few  
Hybrid Goose 1  
Kestrel 2  
Lapwing Hundreds  
Lesser Black-backed Gull A few  
Magpie A few  
Mallard Hundreds  
Marsh Harrier 1 Bill H
Moorhen Many  
Mute Swan    
Pheasant 1  
Pink-footed Goose Many  
Pintail Many  
Pochard Several  
Redshank   Bill H
Robin Several  
Ruff Several  
Shelduck Many  
Snipe 3  
Sparrowhawk 2  
Stock Dove Several  
Teal Many  
Tree Sparrow 1  
Tufted Duck Several  
Whooper Swan Many  
Wigeon Many  
Woodpigeon Several  
Wren A few


Last Updated on December 26, 2017