Saturday, 13 September 2014

Amazing Burton Mere

The mission today with Lesley being at work was a quick smash and grab of birds at Burton Mere. The idea being to quickly see the Red Necked Phalarope and Cattle Egret plus anything else on show (which turned out to be quite alot).

Getting there the car park was rather full, I had never seen the place so busy even when the Glossy Ibis had been there!

The Cattle Egret was hiding in with the cows in the long grass, so the plan was to head for the Inner Marsh hide, so it was a case of best foot forward. Everyone I met gave me positive news but looked at Gem's push chair and seemed to question my sanity as the hide had meant to be 3 deep but I still plodded on.

The hide though wasn't that busy seemed that everyone had got there fill and were now off to see the Cattle Egret or other things, we even managed to grab a seat in the hide (the push chair stayed at the bottom of the stairs).
I soon found the Red Necked Phalarope much too far for a shot but I got great scope views of the bird spinning around.
The supporting cast was quite something though Pectoral Sandpiper, Snipe, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Black Tailed Godwit  and Green Sandpiper not a bad haul.
The hide once again started to fill up so it was time to do the decent thing and give up our seats after all we had seen everything on show.

Walking back along the path we spotted quite a large Garden spider plus two Lizards which were a nice bonus.

We got back to the reception hide just in time to see the Cattle Egret take flight and allow a brief view before dropping down in with the cows again.

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