Visit to Martin Mere WWT reserve – 11th December 2018

By | January 14, 2019

Our final visit of 2018 was again to the WWT reserve at Martin Mere where, as always, we were treated to excellent views of a wide range of bird species many of them at close range.

Eleven members of the group attended on this occasion and a total of 50 species were recorded.

 

 

We noted the considerable variation in leg and bill colouration amongst the many Ruff visible at close range from the main ‘Discovery’ hide.

 

 

 

We also saw examples of rivalry between members of the same species, particularly among the Black-tailed Godwits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of 50 species seen:

 
Species Number Seen
Barn Owl 1
Blackbird A few
Black-headed Gull Hundreds
Black-tailed Godwit Many
Blue Tit Several
Buzzard 1
Canada Goose Several
Carrion Crow Several
Chaffinch A few
Coot Many
Cormorant Several
Dunnock 1
Feral Pigeon Many
Goldfinch Several
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Great Tit A few
Greenfinch A few
Grey Heron 1
Greylag Goose Hundreds
Herring Gull 2
Hybrid Duck A few
Hybrid Goose 1
Jackdaw Several
Lapwing Hundreds
Little Egret 2
Little Grebe 1
Long-tailed Tit Several
Magpie A few
Mallard Hundreds
Marsh Harrier 1
Moorhen Many
Peregrine 1
Pheasant A few
Pied Wagtail 2
Pink-footed Goose Hundreds
Pintail Many
Pochard Several
Robin A few
Ruff Many
Shelduck Many
Shoveler 1
Starling Many
Stock Dove Several
Teal Hundreds
Tree Sparrow 1
Tufted Duck Many
Whooper Swan Many
Wigeon Many
Woodpigeon Several
Wren Heard only