24/03/2013 Martin Mere WWT

Ruff: If you were not a birder and saw this bird you would totally think it was a different species to the Ruff, but its still a Ruff, they can just be very variable.

But what a STUNNING bird!
Tawny Owl: Apart from the close views of Ruff, Black Tailed Godwit and around 400 Whoopers from the Swan Link Hide the day was pretty quiet probably due to how windy it was as I didn't see a single raptor.

Until me and my birding pal Garry were about to go home and spotted this Tawny Owl near the Janet Kear Hide. The bird then flew off towards the zoo part of the reserve.

 Redwing: After seeing the Tawny Owl we soon left and were happily surprised to see loads of winter thrushes around the car park area.  
Fieldfare: I saw at least 8 Redwing 5 Fieldfare, reports of 2 Song Thrush and several Black Birds.

Overall it turned out to be a good day with a slow start.