Sunday, 11 November 2007

Marton Mere, Fylde - Starling Roost and Bittern - 11th November 2007

Marton Mere - Blackpool

A Trip Marton Mere was planned for Dusk, to coincide with the activity of the Wintering Bitterns. My Mum and Myself joined locals, Pauline and Mike McGough, and Maurice Jones in the Fylde Bird Club Hide. We started off counting the Starlings that were roosting. When the last Birds were coming in, we estimated 80,000 Birds in total. At this Point Mike noticed movement in the reeds, but it quickly stopped. after about 5 minutes, I saw the movement, and noticed the characteristic face of the Bittern! A Year Tick and a Fylde Tick.
On the walk back to the car, i managed a second year tick - 2 Woodcock flying seperatly from each other.

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