Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Burton Mere



Whenever I'm in north Wales, I always try to make at least one visit across the border, into Cheshire, and the RSPB reserve at Burton Mere.
There's always a good variety of birds and other wildlife there, and the day I visited was no exception.
For a few days there had been reports of a couple of Spoonbill there. The numbers gradually increased to six, so on the last day of May, I set off for my visit; after stopping off at Loggerheads Country Park, just outside Ruthin, in Denbigshire.

I watched a few Grey Wagtails along the River Alyn that runs through it, watched a couple of Dippers, and enjoyed the heady scent of the Ransoms that grow here.




 Ransoms




Then, after a coffee, it was off over the Dee Estuary, to Burton Mere.




When I got there, there was a few more cars in the car park than usual. The draw of the Spoonbills no doubt.


Another star of the day, was this beauty up in the trees in the car park.




Spotted Flycatcher




Out on the scrape, in front of the visitor centre, were two Spoonbill.







After a while, a walk down one of the footpaths, produced a few Bee Orchids, and some of these.




Marsh Orchid ........... I think.



Back along the path, past the visitor centre, and along the other footpath towards the hide.

Usually some some Common Lizards basking in the sun along the fences, but not today.
Down to where the Grey Heron and Little Egret roost and nest, and two more Spoonbill flew overhead.





 Looking splendid in the blue sky and sunlight.



A few butterflies around, some more Spoonbill watching, and then it was time to head back home.



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