Visit to Martin Mere 9th February 2016

By | February 14, 2016

Bird Watching 2016-02-09 Martin Mere-6A cold and blustery February day with heavy showers but also sunny intervals. Despite the weather twelve members of the group attended the morning session for our first outing of 2016.

Highlights of the morning included:

  • large flocks of Whooper Swans, Geese and Shelduck
  • Marsh Harriers

Bird Watching - 2016-02-09 Martin Mere-3Only two members were able to stay on after lunch, but were treated to good views of the Barn Owl hunting (which one or two of the group had seen in the distance in the morning).

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Other highlights of the afternoon were 3 Snipe and a Water Rail, both seen through pouring rain from the shelter of ‘Kingfisher Hide’

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In total 52 species were recorded on this visit:


Species Number Seen
Barn Owl One
Blackbird A few
Black-headed Gull Hundreds
Blue Tit Many
Buzzard Two
Canada Goose Many
Carrion Crow Several
Chaffinch Many
Coal Tit A few
Coot Many
Cormorant Many
Dunnock One
Feral Pigeon Many
Fieldfare One
Goldfinch Several
Great Black-backed Gull A few
Great Tit Many
Greenfinch Several
Grey Heron Several
Greylag Goose Hundreds
Herring Gull A few
House Sparrow A few
Hybrid Duck A few
Hybrid Goose Two
Lapwing Thousands
Lesser Black-backed Gull A few
Long-tailed Tit One
Magpie A few
Mallard Hundreds
Marsh Harrier Two
Meadow Pipit A few
Moorhen Many
Mute Swan Several
Oystercatcher Many
Pheasant Three
Pink-footed Goose Thousands
Pintail Many
Pochard Many
Reed Bunting Several
Robin Several
Shelduck Hundreds
Snipe Three
Starling Hundreds
Stock Dove One
Teal Hundreds
Tree Sparrow Many
Tufted Duck Many
Water Rail One
Whooper Swan Thousands
Wigeon Many
Woodpigeon Several
Wren Heard only


Last Updated on February 22, 2016