Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to Burton Mere – Thursday 6th April 2023, 10.15 to 15.00


Black-tailed Godwit © Martyn Grandy

It was exactly one year ago that we visited this RSPB reserve on the Dee estuary. Just four members making the trip on that occasion. This time the weather was better; sunny and reasonably warm for the time of year.  Although the number of species counted was much the same, around one-third were different to those seen in 2022.

A pair of Treecreepers caught our attention early on.  Little Egrets appeared to be nest building in the tree tops at a distance but we also had close views of one from one of the hides.  Black-tailed Godwit were plentiful and in a range of plumages, varying from winter to full breeding. 

Little Egret © Martyn Grandy

Mediterranean Gulls were clearly identifiable among the rather larger numbers of Black-headed. There were several songsters to be heard as we walked through the reserve, including Cetti’s and Reed Warbler, Robin and Wren. Towards the end of our stay House Martins and Sand Martins were spotted in the distance.

It was good to have a number of our newer members on the trip and all seemed to appreciate and enjoy the day.

Members participating:    16

Bird list (47 species seen and/or heard)

Little Grebe Moorhen Blackbird
Great Crested Grebe Coot Cetti’s Warbler
Little Egret Avocet Reed Warbler
Grey Heron Lapwing Chiffchaff
Greylag Goose Knot Willow Warbler
Canada Goose Dunlin Blue Tit
Shelduck Black-tailed Godwit Great Tit
Gadwall Redshank Nuthatch
Teal Mediterranean Gull Treecreeper
Mallard Black-headed Gull Magpie
Shoveler Woodpigeon Jackdaw
Tufted Duck Sand Martin Carrion Crow
Marsh Harrier House Martin Chaffinch
Sparrowhawk Wren Goldfinch
Buzzard Robin Reed Bunting
Pheasant Stonechat

Chiffchaff © Martyn Grandy

Black-tailed Godwit © Chris Byrne