Burton Mere Wetlands

Having started the day in quite dismal conditions – rain, mist and traffic jams for some- ten  TT members were delighted to see the sunshine at Burton Mere Visitor Centre. Sightings of cattle egret, marsh harrier, ruff and snipe, alongside the more regular black-tailed godwit, lapwing, teal and wigeon, certainly raised the expectations of the day ahead.

After a good half-hour scanning the area in front of the reception hide, it was decided to venture forth and investigate the rest of the site. But no sooner had the group left the hide, when one of the RSPB volunteers called us all back with a shout of ‘the little stints have just flown in’, which indeed they had, a green sandpiper also making an appearance.

Now round to the pools to seek the kingfisher, and after watching grey wagtail nearby, the group was indeed rewarded with a kingfisher flying past and settling on the far bank.

Buzzard, kestrel, more snipe and linnet were all spotted on the way to the far hide at Inner Marsh, where there were even more rewards; a wonderful wood sandpiper in front of the hide and golden plover aplenty among the lapwing on the scrape.

By now it was time to return to the visitor centre – some in desperate need of sustenance – and a short stroll to see the spectacle of hundreds of pink-footed geese returning to the marshes, before tackling the journey home after an extremely satisfying day.  (MH)

Bird List (MH)

  1. Black swan
  2. Canada goose
  3. Pink-footed goose
  4. Wigeon
  5. Mallard
  6. Gadwall
  7. Shoveler
  8. Teal
  9. Tufted duck
  10. Pheasant
  11. Little grebe
  12. Little egret
  13. Cattle egret
  14. Grey heron
  15. Marsh harrier
  16. Sparrowhawk
  17. Common buzzard
  18. Kestrel
  19. Moorhen
  20. Coot
  21. Golden plover
  22. Lapwing
  23. Little stint
  24. Green sandpiper
  25. Wood sandpiper
  26. Redshank
  27. Black-tailed godwit
  28. Ruff
  29. Common snipe
  30. Black-headed gull
  31. Woodpigeon
  32. Kingfisher
  33. Grey wagtail
  34. Pied wagtail
  35. Wren
  36. Dunnock
  37. Robin
  38. Blackbird
  39. Cetti’s warbler
  40. Long-tailed tit
  41. Coal tit
  42. Blue tit
  43. Great tit
  44. Nuthatch
  45. Starling
  46. Jackdaw
  47. Jay
  48. Magpie
  49. Carrion crow
  50. Rook
  51. Chaffinch
  52. Greenfinch
  53. Goldfinch
  54. Linnet
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