|Whooper Swans near Martin Mere WWT, 10 January 2013.|
|Pink-footed Geese near Martin Mere WWT, 10 January 2013.|
No swans at Hundred End, just a few Whoopers commuting between the Douglas and the mosses, 56 of which I found later on Holmes Moss on the way to lunch at TC's.
Post sausage and bacon barm birding included sifting through a couple of thousand Pink-footed Geese outside the Wetland Centre at Martin Mere WWT. Neck-banded bird TUH was with them (detail above). Interestingly we heard Pink-footed Geese over the house this morning well before light and there appears to be more around the area at the moment than over the last few weeks.
After watching a Barn Owl I drove across the mosses taking in the big herd of 200+ Whoopers on Curlew Lane (seeing a second Barn Owl near Rufford) and then a brief stop on Bretherton Moss for Peregrine and a Brambling and 2 Yellowhammers in a flock of 200+ Chaffinches.