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Cheshire Trip

Sunday 24th April 2016
It's been a while since my last post, and that's just down to not getting round to it! Anyway, here are some highlights from my trip with the West Midlands Bird Club to Woolston Eyes NR and Burton Mere RSPB reserve in Cheshire on Sunday.
At Woolston Eyes, sandwiched between the Manchester Ship canal and the Mersey, Black-necked Grebes are the star attraction. I noted 12, all in stunning breeding plumage. A designated SSSI, the reserve comprises four large lagoons or 'beds' used in rotation for depositing material dredged from the canal. A footbridge bridge crosses a redundant arm of the Mersey to Number 3 Bed, effectively an island surrounded by the river. Access in normally permit only - details:
Other highlights of the visit included a female Marsh Harrier and two adult Mediterranean Gulls, plus my first Reed Warbler of the year, and a good range of duck. The reserve is a stronghold for Willow Tit, but apart from some bri…