Monday, March 12, 2007

Mere Sands

From Martin Mere we headed on to Mere Sands (http://www.rspbliverpool.org.uk/Meresands.htm), which is a very dense cluster of habitats, mostly frequented by dog walkers (but with an excellent visitor centre, passionate staff and lots to offer), well worth a visit, though overshadowed by the more famous WWT site down the road...

From one hide we got excellent views of a small flock of Long-tailed Tits (now known to us as 'badger birds' due to their distinctive colours - and my wife's personal favourites due to their gregarious nature and curiosity), including this individual:















Hint: Click-on a piccie for a better view...

As the reserve is so small we decided to do a figure-of-eight walk around the two main lagoons. On the outward leg of the second loop we spotted this Song Thrush foraging in the wood:


















Further along the same path this Jay came into view:
















Seeing the Jay reminded me just how infrequently I see this 'common' bird. Again a recommended location. By now it was around noon on the Saturday!

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