Up bright & early this morning for the annual round-up of Whooper Swans at WWT Martin Mere. Despite the weather not looking to great at the start of the week, we couldn't have asked for a better day - as the swan catch went ahead under blue skies & shining sun!!
The team gathered for the 8am swan feed & after a small delay due to ducks not entering the pipe, the door was released capturing 76 Whooper Swans, 4 Greylag & 77 Duck - Mallard, Pochard, Pintail, Wigeon, Shelduck and 3 Coot.
Whilst we were waiting for the duck to enter the pipe, there were around 200 Whooper Swans up there! Too many for a catch, so while we waited for some duck, this allowed some of the swans to exit the pipe, and leave us with a manageable number.
Thanks to all involved for making today's catch run very smoothly. Also thanks to our scribe for the day - Estelle Walsh - smashing job!
We're now at WWT Caerlaverock on the Solway Firth, preparing for another swan catch tomorrow.