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Old Sunday 15th November 2009, 22:28   #1
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Back On Track, Back On Patch.

15th Nov. Having been down to Martin Mere with the group yesterday, seven hours travelling for four hours birding, I was rather relieved to be able to take a quiet stroll on patch today. Although Martin Mere held its attractions in all honesty I wasn’t that impressed although I suppose I have recently been spoilt by my trip to the Scottish Islands. There were lots of waterfowl in Lancashire of course and the numbers of Whooper Swans was impressive, but the pick of the day for me was the two Peregrine Falcons on a telegraph poll that I watched as each individually took to flight, both have stretched and exercised the wings. I was pleased to watch overhead the Starlings coming into roost just as we were getting prepared to leave. The group’s day list came to sixty-one species.

I decided today’s weather was too good to let pass by without a walk on patch so I made for the lake. There were many anglers out today, but not too many birds! The Grey Heron was in its usual position beside the smaller lake and there were growing flocks of Black Headed and Common Gulls otherwise little about this area other than Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot and Moorhen. Corvids fed in the fields which were a quagmire after the heavy rains.

I counted fifty-one Canada Geese near the larger lake and reckon their numbers are increasing each winter. There were so far only two Goosanders on the lake with the odd Goldeneye and many more of the species seen on the smaller lake.

As I walked back at 3.00pm in the already fading light I reflected on the walks I had in spring and summer. I do like the skies at this time of year and look forward to some sky watching throughout the winter.
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Old Sunday 15th November 2009, 22:37   #2
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Very nice photo's, Brian. I do like the swans heads & the sky photo's.
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Old Sunday 15th November 2009, 22:38   #3
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Dramatic skies there, Brian.
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Goodness me you did do some travelling to Martin Mere and back, Brian! Always nice to see Whooper Swans en-masse, your photographs of them are delightful! I rarely see Peregrine so I can imagine your seeing two together must have been a special sight! Would they be a pair, Brian? You managed a good species list, I would have been really pleased with that!
I have never visited Martin Mere but hope to one day. I would imagine with the migrants arriving the winter months are the best time to visit.

An interesting insight of your local patch. Canada Geese are getting very high in numbers I agree along with B H Gulls! I expect the lake at my local park is starting to get over run with both species now, I must check them out soon.

Thanks for the enjoyable read of your weekend and delightful photo's! The view photo's are very atmospheric!
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Thank you for the comments Val, Kits and Pam.

I believe they were a pair Pam.
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