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12.09.09
Eric and Ernie hides were top notch water levels perfect and the birds didnt dissappoint either.We saw kingfisher,spotted,redshank,curlew,lots of redshank and black tailed godwits,6 greenshank and very close up views of little egrets ,the most ive ever seen here 20.
Snipe seamed to be evrywhere lots of juvs.
from the puplic hide we were more entertained with the migrant hawker dagonflies than the birds although we did see buzzard,2 egyption geese and great crested grebe .
The beardies wernt playing ball today on the grit trayscry.gif
Vernon also had a great spotted woodpecker which i failed to get on but we saw chiff chaff and willow warblers just to remind us that summer is still herebiggrin.gif
Hows the stomach vern thatll teach you to pog apples and plums.bleh.gifoh and half pound of licorice,6 jam butties,6 fairy cakes,packet of crisp and an ice cream. no.gif


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Ian, we seem to have 2 Leighton Moss threads going so I'll stick with this one as it was the original.

The day started off with a walk up the River Ribble around Brockholes Quarry - of note there were 4 Goosander on the river, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Hobby over along with 2 Raven. On to Warton Crag where the two young Peregrines were calling and showing off their acrobatic skills in the strong wind. There were 2 Raven here also.

A short visit to the public hide at Leighton Moss gave excellent views of a male Marsh Harrier and finally at the Eric Morecambe Hide 16 Little Egret, several Greenshank, Curlew, Teal, Blackwit and a female Peregrine chasing about with apparently little success.

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This is for the Dragonfly enthusiasts out there.

Next time you are birding Leighton Moss a short detour to Middleton Industrial Estate near Heysham is recommended. Star attraction is the now well-established Red-veined Darter but there is also a good selection of other species.

11.00 - 13.00 on a windless, sunny day is best. See post on Manchester Wildlife 'out of county'.

Cheers, John

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Far too brief a visit to the Eric Morecambe hide today saw Little Egret right in front of the hide, fishing with great success by using its foot to stir the mud - guess its common Egret behaviour but never been close enough to see it before. Also Sedge Warblers feeding young, Black Tailed Godwits and Redshank didn't have my scope to search out the less common waders seen there recently.

Highlight was male Marsh Harrier using a thermal to gain height just the other side of the railway behind the hides - must have been hunting on the marsh the other side of the line as it dropped down rapidly after a few minutes.

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A day up in Lancashire with Jonathan

Morecambe Hide

Lesser Whitethroat behind Morecambe/Allen hides
Wood Sandpiper showing well - one of 16 species of wader picked up today, including sandpiper hat trick
3 Greenshanks and 2 Spotted Redshanks
2 Dunlin
7 Little Gulls
22 Blackwits
7 Little Egrets
1 Marsh Harrier (female)

At Heysham a Whimbrel was present

Later followed by a trip to Sunderland point where Barwit, Eiders, Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Knot (one stonking bird in summer plumage) were the highlights

On way back down a brief visit to Brockholes Quarry produced good views of Hobby plus Common and Green Sandpipers.

Cracking day's birding!

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What better way to spend fathers day, watching peregrines and marsh harriers fledging nests and a full summer plumage spotted redshank to boot and little gulls more common than sparrows. A couple of avocet and sedges singing everywhere, but no sign of the little owl todaycry.gifInteresting to see the black headed gulls trying to poo all over any marsh harriers brave enough to venture into their territory, just thinkconfuse.gif we could save a fortune in Afganistan using these tactics biggrin.gif

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Others included Egret and two avocets at least

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Warm day
Plenty of action from the Marsh Harriers
And the best was an Osprey which made two passes and moved off after being mobbed.

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great weather for raptors and plenty of banter fodder. First to bite the bullet was a fairly large young black headed gull which was already feeding on the water.When suddenly all its parents hard work came to nothing as it was viciously killed by a Great black backed gull, not for the squeemish.It carried its prey off to the island infront of the public hide to feed its own chicks.
It wasnt a good day for the blackheads as buzzards and marsh harriers also took chicks.All this action raised the noise levels to unbarable so we moved on.
Infront of griesdale hide was a flock of aprox 200 blacktailed godwits in their fine summer coats.
A visit to the peregrines saw 2 chicks along with both parents .The chicks are still in their white plumage with darker wing bars and are showing well.
At the eric morcombe site was a pectoral sandpiper but only one avocet chick, predation seems to be a problem here for obious reasons.
Quite a few redshanks about and a couple of avocets,also 4 little gull.
approx 300 oystercatchers at Jenny browns point.
little owl ,hobby,also seen on travels and kestrel which made 6 species of raptors in total.



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I was thinking more of our trip to the Wirral as being special - RR Swallow et al biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

-- Edited by sid ashton on Sunday 24th of May 2009 06:14:34 AM

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Well biggrin.gif, the Marsh Harriers at Leighton Moss are pretty special to me. Not too many up north, unlike East Anglia where they are passed over as common.

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Thanks Henry - kind of you to say so but nothing special eh biggrin.gif

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Good birding there Sid.
Cheers. Henry.

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Leighton Moss area today:-

Warton - The Peregrine family is doing well, watched Dad taking food in.

Jenny Browns Point - Pair of Red breasted Merganser, Great Skua and Eider Duck plus loads of Oyster Catchers at high tide.

Silverdale - Ladies Slipper Orchid (first flowers yesterday) worth seeing - no ID problems and it doesn't fly away biggrin.gif

LM reserve - Pair of Marsh Harriers, Marsh Tit but sadly no Bearded Tits to be seen. Plus the usual suspects.



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16.05.09
great days birding apart from the weather and the pepper potconfuse.gif
bittern booming from the back of the public hide
male and female marsh harriers and bearded tits, best seen from path up to grisdale the reed beds are just at the right hight. biggrin.gif
marsh tits showing realy well from feeding station and now seem to be nearly as tame as the ducks around the picnic areabiggrin.gif
lesser whitethroat heared but not seen cry.gifalong path to eric and ernie hides rattling away.
2 little gull were a nice surprise here but a lack of anything else more interesting was dissappointing as the weather began to turn nasty.
2 peregrines also showed wellbiggrin.gif


-- Edited by Gary Gorner on Sunday 17th of May 2009 07:28:55 PM

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Just in case anyone else spots colour ringed Bearded Tits at Leighton Moss I've been in touch with the North Lancs Ringers who are interested in any reports - three colours used on each bird and they need to know which legs and which order the colours are and whereabouts they were seen, cheers, Peter

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Sue and I went here today - we took her 10 year old daughter (Toni) for her first proper birding trip.
Jenny Browns Point - not a lot there apart from Redshanks and Blackwits. On to Leighton Moss where we had the following:

Marsh Harriers 2M 2F
Marsh Tits 2
Reed Ws 2 singing
Redshanks 200+
Blk T Godwits 1000+
Avocets 20+
Pintails 20+
Wigeons
Oystercatchers 10+
Whimbrel 1 (over car park at Eric and Allen hides)
Spotted Redshanks 3
Little Egrets 4
etc,etc.



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First visit for a number of years. 62 species in total.
Highlights included:

Ravens 4
Marsh Harriers 2M 3F
Marsh Tits 2
Treecreepers 2
Reed Ws 6+ singing
Reed Buntings 3 singing
Redshanks
Blk T Godwits
Avocets 24+
Pintails
Wigeons
Oystercatchers 5
Curlews 2
Curlew Sandpip 1
Spotted Redshanks 2
Little Egrets 2
etc,etc.
Also very nice scrambled egg on toast and scone in the cafe.



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Far too quick a visit this morning [kids in tow again] my trick is to feed them [the kids that is] at each hide to keep them quiet!

Only went to western hides but really pleased to see three Bearded Tits [2m, 1F] - dispute over territory and close enough to see the coloured rings plus possible Spoonbill [which turned out to be a hunched up egret doing a spoonbill impression!]. Loads of egrets, sand martins, and noisy gull colony...

Also at the place which can't be named at this time of year - Peregrine pair getting friendly and some nice shots of the male displaying.

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Nice morning on the reserve in bright sunshine (9.00 - midday)

Started the morning with flight views of Bittern from the causeway smile.gif, where male and female Marsh Harriers also put on a good show a bit later on. Could hear Bearded Tits pinging and Water Rails squealing but didn't see either of them. Only 2 Sand Martins and a single Chiffchaff representing spring arrivals, and plenty of winter waterfowl still around. Buzzards everywhere - at least a dozen or so, including displaying pairs, and several Ravens, Sparrowhawks and Kestresl also seen. 2 Little Egret from Grizedale hide. Marsh Tit and Nuthatch at the feeders, and a female Mallard on 22 eggs right by the car park.

On the Morecambe/ Allen pools, masses of waders incl 600+ Black Tailed Godwits (many in summer finery), a dozen or so Avocets, c100 Golden Plover, and single Spotted Redshank and Greenshank. A pair of Peregrine sailed overhead as we were leaving. Very enjoyable.

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saturday not a good start, got to Blackburn motorway turn off and had a puncture which set me and vernon back a bit , anyway got to the quarry and saw the peregrine but no sign of the ravens or little owlcry.gifdashed off down to the grit trays hoping for the bearded tits but it was going to be one of those days ,no signs of them after waiting three quarters of an hour.Then sombody comes with a big camera and says did you see the bittern just fly over your head, by now i was feeling souicidal and retreated to the public hide.Things picked up a little with a brief sighting of the kingfisher and the great black backed gulls were on guard.Two distant buzzards were displaying nice but dissapeared over the distant wood.
we also managed to dip on the marsh tit but by this time the rain was lashing down we managed 2 little egrets from griesdale hide and 1 snipe and a further 3 snipe from the hide next to griesdale.all the usual wildfowl and ducks were on show and 2 male goldeneye displaying to 3 females was nice to see.
morcome and ernie hides were also very quit apart from the force 5 hooley blowing across the bay small flocks of redshank about but couldnt find the spotted they all had their heads tucked in most of the time .a few blacktailed godwits and curlews also dotted about. had a a chat with a friendly and informative guy didnt catch his name but friendly with jonathan platt.
last stop back at the quarry to watch the peregrine doing abit of ariel display and the ravens came back to check if the peregrine had left any scraps .
We still managed 52 bird species on what was realy an awfull day but the company was great 100 for a new tyrecry.gif

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A quick look ths afternoon on the way back from the Lakes.

Leighton moss was pretty quiet, all but one of the Marsh harriers have left and the remaining bird was floating about scaring the Lapwings.
2 Little Egrets from Grizedale hide and a Siskin briefly at the feeders were the highlights.

At Erics hide were 2 Greenshank, plenty of Godwits and Redshank , 3 L Egrets and excellent views of a Merlin perched on a post.
The Marsh harrier came in over the top of the hide and put up nearly all the waders and Lapwings.

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Arrived 9.15a.m. with Paul Topping(a new recruit to this forum)
From Erics hide, Redshank and Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Little Egret,Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing and thats about it.
Leighton itself; more Greenshank and Black Tailed Godwit, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Ducks, Little Egret but best of all was the juv Marsh Harriers messing about with pretend (I think) fighting whilst in flight. Brilliant views and made the daysmile.gif
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spent yesterday on the moss, had a cracking day's birding in beautiful weather with phil jennison.

highlights were a bittern - first for me and about bloody time, on my 8th visit. almost certain we caught a glimpse of 3 bearded tits flitting briefly across the reed tops but couldn't positive so, no tick just yet.

cracking views of the hobby, but somehow missed the osprey, must have been behind us - a problem with spending time in hides is the limited view of the sky.

salt marshes were a disappointment - a few redshank, a couple of blacktailed godwits, a single avocet and a single common sandpiper.
lots of lapwing went up to see off a peregrine cruising over. a sparrowhawk seen later and great views of a good few marsh harriers.

great day. a love birding, me.

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http://homepage.mac.com/skiddo/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/bitpjen1.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/skiddo/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/bitpjen2.jpg

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Spent a pleasant afternoon. Went looking for the Cattle Egret that was spotted on Saturday. Unfortunately no sign. I don't think I'm going to get that one ticked off this year.

Did get 2 Marsh Harriers a Buzzard and 2 Spoonbills. Kept the other half happy with the Spoonbill. Lots of Avocets and BT Godwit.


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Had a crackin day today. First class views of 2 Marsh Harriers, hunting, displaying and a food passbiggrin.gif Spent hours watching them. To be honest it was pretty quiete apart from the Harriers. But it's worth the trip for such great views of a stunning birdbiggrin.gif

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Had a great day on tues at L M ,weather was superb, Female Bearded Tit was a tick for me ,superb views of Marsh Harriers and yes Gary we did find the quarry thanks and the views of the Peregrines were fantastic. I would recommend to anyone if your going to go to L M wharton crag is well worth visiting as well.



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10.06.07
nice to see the peregrine chicks both doing well but getting too brave for their own good,walking about along the cliff edge and wing flapping but still about two weeks to go before they fly for real.They now have some dark plumage patches along with the pale white.hundreds of jackdaw fodder about which im told the male takes for fun.

Eric and Ernie hides fairly quiet today 6 avocet,20+ redshank,one black tailed godwit the rest were on the main reserve seen later 2.30pm flying back to e/e hides.

around the reserve 2 buzzards and 4 marsh harriers,bearded tits nesting infront of griesdale hide only female seen though.One little egret which quite a few were hoping was a spoonbillbiggrin.gifsedge and reed warblers showing well and many tit families moving about from tree to tree.
plenty of dragonfly and damsel fly activity but no hobbyscry.gif

nice to meet a fellow gm birder keith hope you found the quarry okbiggrin.gif

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sunny day today but the easterly wind was litterally bringing down trees.only one or two sedges brave enough to show themselves, most birds keeping very low.
The peregrines were doing a few flyovers at the quarry but generally missing the local jackdaw population,the two chicks seem to be doing fine. unfortunately not so the little owls,poor mr blobby has met his makercry.gifcry.gif:
probably a ford focus.hope mrs blobby can manage on her own with the kidsconfused.gif
eric and ernie hides great veiws of one of the spoonbill feeding on the morcombe pool, along with avocets with chicks,redshanks,lapwings,gadwal and shoveller.allan pool was brimming with black tailed godwits and a flock of 10 knot.great watching the black headed gulls with their chicks but a few crows were making of with their eggs.
4 marsh harriers hunting about but even these elegant flyers were struggling with the hooley.also heared a green woodpecker but not seen.plenty of graylags around with chicks and 2 more spoonbills infront of grisedale hide.


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3 fledged ravens,2 peregrine,2 marsh harrier,2 marsh tit,1 green woodpecker,1 spoonbill,1 kingfisher,1 med gull,4 avocets,3 merganser 1 male 2 fem. bit of a hectic day as i locked my car keys in the car many thanks to all who helped especially steve and the rac.biggrin.gif
still a great days birding finally got me a stonking photo of a sedge warb.i mean stonking for me wink.gif

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Phil,
See Woodpecker hat-trick thread for info on Woodwell.
As for Bearded tits I have just seen my first one at leighton after 32 years of visiting so Good Luck.
Cheers Ian

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Phil,

The Bearded Tit was sat at Martin Mere all last week ( Mr Oddie) biggrin.gif

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Thinking of going to Leighton Moss at the end of this month.

Is it a good time to see the Bearded Tits??

Also wouldn't mind trying Wombwell, but again would this be a good time to see Hawfinch and if so, I need some directions please.

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Popped up for the afternoon on Sunday, but was with family so not all for birding. Mainly for the Starlings coming to roost, but managed to get round some of the hides too:

Journey Up M61/M6 - Buzzard (12+), Raven (2), Lapwing 500+).

Feeding Station - Willow Tit (1) with the usual finch/tits, several Nuthatch and a Rat eating from the bird table. Also a melanistic male pheasant.

Lilian Hide - Grey Heron, Teal (100), Wigeon (80+), Shoveller (30+) Pochard (6), Gadwall (15), Pintail (40+), Tufted Duck (80 +), Goldeneye (4), Mute Swan (2), Snipe (6), Lapwing (20+), Reed Bunting (2). Had a Common Shrew on path.

Public Hide - Grey Heron (1), Teal (40), Wigeon (26+), Pintail (18+), Shaoveller (25+), Pochard (18+), Gadwall (35+), Tufted Duck (50+), Goldeneye (2), Kingfisher (1), Sparrowhawk (1).

EM/Allen Hides - Grey Heron (3), Little Egret (7+), Great White Egret (1), Lapwing (600+), Golden Plover (30+), Black-tailed Godwits (65+), Knot (16+), Greenshank (1), Redshank (40+), Snipe (4+), Peregrine (1).

Starlings numbered around 15,000, while I counted 10 Little Egrets flying in to roost, but probably more.




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Visited this a.m.
Finally, after 31 or is it 32 years? ,seen a bearded tit there. Eating grit on table just off the causeway a fantastic male at 11.05 a.m. Also lots of ducks incl gadwall, shovellor, pochard, teal, wigeon, mallard.
Allen/Morcambe hides also saw, little egret, greenshank, redshank, spotted redshank, black tailed godwit, shelduck, curlew, lapwing, cormorant, pintail, heron, kingfisher.
Also went to Woodwell where ive seen hawfinch in the past ,but not today

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In the morning of Sat 20th Oct I thought it would be nice to see a Hawfinch, so I drove straight to Woodwell and the first bird I put my bins on was ........ a Hawfinch biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif even managed to scope it biggrin.gif Crikey, I been coming here for years and I usually dip. I saw just one bird in a beech tree opposite Bracken cottage.

Lots of dudes about at the reserve, so didn't go on it, apart from a quick peek at the GW Egret and a visit to the loo, there was an RSPB bins and scope demo outside. Wish I hadn't looked through those 10X42 EL Swarovski bins cry.gif how much !!! cry.gifcry.gif

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21/10/07
Had a excellent walk around Leighton moss and on the coastal path to Jenny Browns point today.

On the moss,
Grizedale hide , 1 male Stonechat , 2 Grey wagtails ,plenty of Teal ,Shoveler, Mallard, 1 Water Rail, 3 Garganey.
1Bittern flying over the top of the Causeway and over the Silverdale golf course.
Another good view of a Bittern from the public hide, Kingfisher flying in front of the hide with the usual ducks and gulls on the lake.

Allen hide.
Great White Egret in front of the hide, as close as 30m , a brilliant photo opportunity and guess who forgot to take his camera today.cry.gif
5 Little Egrets, 2 Greenshanks, 1 Common Sandpiper, plenty of ducks,gulls and Godwits and a distant view of a Peregrine.

Coastal path to Jenny Browns point.
Up to 12 very vocal Ravens over,
2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels , 1 Sparrowhawk over.
6 Snipe, 9 Pied wagtails , 2 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers on the marsh,
Lots of Curlew,Shelduck and gulls on the mud flats
1 Arctic Skua over.
Also a very distant SE Owl sat on a post in the middle of the marsh.

I went looking for the Hawfinches in the woods but only found 4 Siskin , 3 Greenfinches and 2 Goldcrests.

Its worth going up just to see the GW Egret which I was told has been present on and off since July.

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Hi Dean

You had more than I did. Working in Arneside yesterday morning, visited Allen Pool en route

between -6.00 - 08.00

Spoonbill
7 Litle Egret
Spotted Redshank
Knot
Ruff
Buzzard
3 Greenshank
Numerous Black-Tailed Godwit
Numerous Redshank
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Went today wed 15 aug.

Pretty quiete on the reserve. Just missed a Bittern againcry.gif

Much better on the Allen pools.

3 Spoonbill
1 Spotted Redshank
20 Little Egret
c20 Greenshank
Redshanks
Black Tailed Godwits
2 Ruff
6 Buzzards
1 juv Peregrine


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Went today Thurs 2nd Aug.

Usual stuff, but not much else until we got to Lower Hide. Then;-
Kestrel
Two Marsh Harriers for ages over reed beds and on trees behind
Osprey for ages, see diving and catching fish, and then chased and buffeted by Perigine



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Didn't go in the end. Set off but decided against M6 in heavy rainfurious.gif and it takes forever on the A6.
So took a detour to Martin Mere, see that thread.

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Hope it's still there tomorrow. A Pectoral Sand reported on Birdguides today as well.
Here's hopingbiggrin.gif

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Spoonbill still on the Eric Morecombe Pool today Dean.

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I'm off to Leighton Moss tomorrow. Hoping for Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Greenshank.

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Hi Steve,

I had a colour ringed Blackwit at Martin Mere last Sunday.

Left Leg - Lime green over orange
Right Leg - Orange over red.

This bird was also ringed in Iceland.

Cheers Kane

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I was there two days after your posting and noted that one of the Blackwits was colour-ringed. Just had a report back from Iceland where the bird was ringed (presumably as a chick) 4 years ago. It flew over here that autumn and seems to have spent the rest of its life in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire.

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first stop public hide watched a male marsh harrier flyover towards lilians aprox 11.30am.great black backed gull with 3 chicks directly infront of hide.also aprox 200 coot,20 gadwal,2 pochard.
lower hide watching female red deer at waters edge munching on grass also,family of reed bunting and reed warbler ,10 wigeon and malard.path to lowerhide 3 willow warbler and 2 chiffs
not much else happening so went to eric and ernies-flock of about 50 full summer plumage black tailed godwit,sedge and reed warblers,red brested merganser female,4 lapwing,1 curlew,20 teal,4 redshank and 3 herons.
great spotted woodpecker and chiff chaff along causway.

finished the day off watching young peregrine finishing off a fresh kill bleh.gif(jackdaw)just delivered by mum at warton crag.biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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