18/03/2013 Martin Mere WWT

Black Tailed Godwit: A very nice trip to Martin Mere and I was not disappointed, I was surprised to see this stunning Godwit right in front of the Swan Link Hide.   

A good wader day with 74 Avocet, 70+ Ruff, 40+ Oystercatcher, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 2 Dunlin and ~ 200 Lapwing. Most of which can be seen from the Ron Barker Hide.
Ruff: This ruff was also feeding right in front of the Swan Link Hide, it wasn't phased at all by the presence of Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal and Pintail all feeding together around and under the rocks!
Pintail: There were reports of the sites first Chiffchaff   of spring heard around the reserve, near the bird feeding station, I spent sometime here and there but didn't see or hear anything.
Whooper Swan: They are loud, bright, active and all over Martin Mere and now on my year list, brill. And they wont be around for long!