Thursday, 24 April 2014

Martin Mere

Today was to be a family day out with a spot of birding thrown in for good measure, so it was off to Martin Mere for Toddler Thursday, a great little activity that the WWT put on at no extra cost as well, a spot of singing, story and craft/drawing keeps Gem nice and happy.

The birding though began before we got to Martin Mere we two Corn Buntings on the wires by Curlew Lane plus two Grey Partridge that ran across the road right in front of the car. A really great start to the day.
Corn Bunting near Martin Mere

Another Corn Bunting could be heard as we got out of the car, but we didn't bother to go looking as they were already on the list for the day.
A Little Gull had been reported the day before but we weren't that bothered at seeing the birds as we had already bagged them earlier in the week but if we got closer views all the better.

From the Ron Baker hide we saw Redshank, Avocet, Lapwing plus Shelduck being the high the lights plus a showy Wren just outside the hide.

From the Swan Link hide there was plenty of Black Headed Gull activity going on plus a rather horny Med Gull trying to chat any Black Headed Gull up it could, I went around to the Rains Observatory to get a better view and hopefully a shot although taken through glass.

Mediterranean Gull at Martin Mere

It was then lunch and the park for a spot of building sand castles, playing in the water and generally messing around.

From the Harrier hide we added Little Grebe, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Grey Heron and Sedge Warbler.

Not a bad day and three more for the slowly but surely growing year list.

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