An afternoon at Burton Mere wetlands. 31/10/2015

Posted: October 31, 2015 in Bird Watching, Twitching
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I had been keeping my eyes on the birds that have been occurring at Burton Mere Reserve, Wirral throughout the week. It`s only a good hour from Rochdale and with having no football to go to (Dale@ Southend) decided that a trip was needed. Just a solo effort was made and I arrived at 11am on a very nice autumn day. After speaking to the very helpful staff at the reserve a walk down to a screened off area was made and a nice Jack Snipe was eventually located. It put its head up and had a “bob” around for a short while, I did not see the other Jack Snipe or Goshawk that had been seen earlier. Back at the reserve headquarters a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper had come out of hiding and showed fairly well mixed in with Black tailed Godwits and some Knot. Its 2 years since I have seen a Curlew Sandpiper ,so, I spent a good 20 minutes admiring it. There were around 5000 Teal on the reserve also Pintail, Shoveler and Mallard. A flock of 300+ Pink Footed Geese were also seen and reminded me of the approach of winter! Three Black Swan`s then flew from the estuary area and landed on the reserve, really nice birds to watch in flight. The reserve has transformed access to all area`s including Inner Marsh Farm and is well worth a visit. I was told of a good vantage point to look out over the Dee Estuary for birds of prey etc. It is called Hillfort and is reached over the railway bridge that we used to pass on the way down to the hide at Inner Marsh Farm. The view over the estuary was quite good and further improved as the sun came out. Three ringtail Hen Harrier`s were seen first, all having a right go at a Marsh Harrier, good for size comparison. About 3 Short Eared Owl`s were also out hunting the still fairly well flooded marsh area after two recent high tides, always nice to watch these graceful birds. A Great White Egret along with 2 Little Egret`s, 4 Whooper and 3 Bewick`s Swan`s were also on the marsh. A Green Sandpiper was first heard then seen and along with Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel made up a good hour at a new vantage point. I could have stayed a little longer it was so nice, but like we say all good things have to end. Got home by 4pm.
Dave O.


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