Mere Sands Report. Sunday 28th October 2012
18 brave souls set out for a day birding around this mixed habitat reserve. It started raining in Liverpool at 11pm last night and didn’t stop while we were out all day. Not all the bird feeders and tables had food on it but it didn’t stop the Tree sparrows, Moorhens and Mallards from helping themselves to the dregs. During the day flocks of Pink footed geese flew over the reserve and 5 Greylags others noted were,Lapwings, Snipe, Black headed gull, Lesser black backed gull. Most of the ducks, Teal, Pochard, Tufted duck and female Mandarin were taking shelter under the trees and bushes but the cormorants were standing on whatever stumps they could find. A female Goosander and Little grebe had the fish jumping out the water! Back in the woodland we had a mixed flock of birds from Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Wren, Blue, coal, great and long tailed tit.
Watching what was flying over the reserve was also important with Mistle thrush, Great spotted woodpecker, Jay, Jackdaw, Magpie, and Crows mobbing a Buzzard. Grey heron and Coots were around the Marshall hide, but no sign of the Water rail.
Back out in the woods we had Wood pigeon,Stockdove and Goldfinches.The last birds to be added were Canada geese and a juvenile Shelduck before we headed back to the reserve car park for a warm drink.