A Winter’s Day

Again took the opportunity of another break in the weather and headed up to WWT Martin Mere. I’d almost forgotten how busy it gets on a Sunday afternoon. Although its encouraging to see the sheer number of people with an interest in the environment trying to get a good, close up view of anything is far from easy.

Undoubtedly the highlights were a Willow Tit from the Janet Kear hide and approximately 8  Tundra Bean Geese from the Ron Barker hide.  Unfortunately the geese were too far out to photograph.

Willow Tit
Willow Tit
Willow Tit
Willow Tit
Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrow (one of the Mere’s specialities)
Ruff
Ruff
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swans in flight
Whooper Swans in flight

Drake Pintail
A smart looking Drake Pintail.

On the way back we made a quick detour off the M6 to Lowton, parked up in the Traveller’s Rest and walked down to Highfield Moss. Plenty of Golden Plover, a few Lapwings and Fieldfare in the fields. On the moss itself at least 7 Snipe at dusk followed shortly by a great display from 2 Short eared Owls.

Highfield Moss at dusk
Highfield Moss at dusk
Short eared Owl
A distant Short eared Owl
Quartering the moss in near darkness
Quartering the moss in near darkness

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