Had a meeting this morning at the mere and managed an hour in the hides at lunctime with birding pal Nick Godden, who I hadn't seen for a bit, given that he's currently doing an internship with RSPB in Staffordshire. Nick had seen two Marsh Harriers and Raven before I arrived and together we saw nine Ruff, c. 70 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, 115 Teal and 140 Swifts. Lapwing numbers building up nicely on the reserve. A probable Osprey over Scarisbrick Hall but very distant and we were scopeless. Oh well.
Common Darters. Martin Mere 02/08/12
Broad-bodied Chaser (left) and Blue-tailed Damselfly (right). Martin Mere 02/08/12
Meadow Bown (above) and Gatekeeper (below). Martin Mere 02/08/12