Burscough Reed Beds, Saturday 16th February 2013

(Report by John Clegg)
A total of 20 members arrived at Burscough Bridge Interchange, by bus, train or car, for our walk on a mild sunny morning. As we left the station a group of Jackdaws flew over, the first of many birds seen. The morning was spent walking over farm fields, where we had close views of over 300 Pink-footed Geese, a single Raven and some Siskins. ¬†We had lunch at Martin Mere then walked around the reed beds outside the reserve, seeing many ducks and geese. On a row of fence posts were three Peregrine Falcons. A large female and two smaller ones who might have been last year’s young. A buzzard was close by.
A total of 52 bird species were seen.
Jackdaw, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow, Raven, Pink-footed Geese, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Lapwing, Whooper Swan, Fieldfare, Redwing, Moorhen, Shelduck, Tree Sparrow, Robin, Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin, Blackbird, Treecreeper, Coot, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Pheasant, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Teal, Wigeon, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Shoveler, Peregrine, Long-tailed Tit, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, House Sparrow, Wren, Linnet, Blue Tit, Barn Owl, Redpoll, Pied Wagtail, Greater Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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