Is there anybody out there…………

Great Crested Grebes at Meresands Wood.
A pair of courting Great Crested Grebes at Meresands  Wood LWT reserve. Despite making all the right moves this particular pair  are yet to successfully raise any young. Hopefully this year they’ll succeed.

More highlights from a recent tour of west Lancashire. Really good to be out and enjoying the arrival of Spring.

Little Owl close to Southport.
Little Owl on the outskirts of Southport
Oystercatcher probing for earthworms.
One of a pair of Oystercatchers probing for earthworms, again close to the centre of Southport.
A very smart looking male Reed Bunting
Male Reed Bunting at Martin Mere WWT.
Brown Rat looking for birdseed.
Rattus norvegicus, again one of several below the feeders at Martin Mere.
Male Tree Sparrow at Martin Mere.
Tree Sparrow
Male Tree Sparrows at Martin Mere.

Thankfully the Tree Sparrow population appears relatively stable at Martin Mere. Unfortunately in common with so many other farmland birds the situation elsewhere is more worrying.

A pair of recently arrived Avocets at RSPB Marshside
A recently arrived pair of Avocets close by at Marshside RSPB nature reserve.
A fine looking male Shoveler
Male Shoveler at Marshside.