Reopened on March 3 after a short closure due to the bad weather. The paths and roads have now all been cleared. At Bolton Ings both marsh and willow tits could be found along with 85 shoveler and a white-fronted goose. In the Bird Garden there were blackbird, song thrush, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, great spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, bullfinch, greenfinch, dunnock, pheasant and magpie. There were also goldfinch, reed bunting, robin, stock dove, wood pigeon, wren, tree sparrow, collared dove and fieldfare. The latter could also be found just outside the Visitor Centre courtyard along with mistle thrush. Other sightings included one lesser black-backed gull, 11 pochard, 12 shelduck, one oystercatcher, a buzzard, one peregrine, five goosander, three herring gull, two common gull, 41 cormorant, four snipe and a male merlin. The merlin was seen sitting on a post on the Reedbed Trail by several experienced watchers on their way to the Reedbed Hide. Seen on the Mere were three shelduck, cormorants and a dunlin and there were six goosander on the Wader Scrape along with two knot. Fieldfare were spotted form the screen along Green Lane and five snipe were on the Field Pool West. Both marsh tit and willow tit were seen on Warbler Way. Willow tit with red and blue colour rings, two siskin and a female yellowhammer were seen on the farmhouse bird table.
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