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RE: Leighton Moss RSPB


Friday, October 11th.

As usual for me, no sight nor sound of Bearded Tit or Bittern. However...

Eric Morecambe hide.

Curlew Sandpiper 2
Knot 10+
Blk-tailed Godwit 100+
Redshank 30+
Spotted Redshank 3
Kingfisher 1m
Curlew 2
Goosander 1m 1f...both very "scrotty" looking.
Raven 1
Marsh Harrier 1m
Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, etc.

Main Reserve.

Marsh Tit 2
Treecreeper 1
Marsh Harrier 1m...possibly the same as above, of course.
Lesser Redpoll 2
Snipe 10+
Greylag Goose 1
Water Rail 1 heard.
Sparrowhawk 1f and 1m carrying what looked like a rather unlucky Greenfinch. It puts my luck with the Bittern and Bearded Tit into perspective!
Nuthatch 1
Grey Heron 6+
Tufted Duck 1


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Cracking day today, highlights were an otter right in front of the public hide, about 8 or 9 bearded tits on the grit trays and quite close up views of a female kingfisher at the Eric Morecambe hide.

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Marsh, not Willow Tit at Leighton - the opposite to the south of the county

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Trip over to Leighton Moss in warm pleasant conditions,

Female Marsh Harrier
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Black Tailed Godwit 20
Redshank c40
Kingfisher
Bearded Tit heard but unfortunately not seen
Nuthatch
Willow Tit

Little Egret 4
Pink Footed Goose c50

Also
Gadwall, Pintail, Pochard, Widgeon, Shoveler and Teal


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another all dayer here, 76 species seen.

eric morcambe & allen hides...

no little stint, but lots of small waders what looked like dunlins a bit distant, however..
2 pectoral sandpipers made up for that nice and close, even managed a decent pic on my phone smile
at least 5 curlew sandpipers
1 green sandpiper
5 little ringed plovers
1 ruff
1 knot
7 greenshanks
3 spotted redshanks
dunlins, redshanks, black tailed godwits.
few curlews
7 little egrets
1 of each whitethroat, sedge warbler & reed warbler in binocular view.

around reserve..

good views of a water rail in the channel on the way to griesdale hide also cettis warbler was calling in the nearby reeds and then flew across in front of me, so a brief glimpse wink
treecreeper next to griesdale hide
1 peregrine falcon
5 buzzards
2 sparrowhawks
1 kestrel
plenty of teal, wigeon, gadwall & shoveler around
several tufted ducks
3 pochards
1 pintail
2-3 kingfishers
3-4 marsh tits
1 great spotted woodpecker
2 skylarks
blackcaps, chiffchaffs & willow warblers
plus usuals around.

an otter was on show at 6.50pm from public hide.
45 little egrets in roost upto 7.30pm
bearded tits heard only near grit trays
tawny owls heard from the train station.



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Hi Steven, sounds like you had a cracking day! Ill send you the details from the two Bearded tits, with details of sex etc. I couldn't make out too much from the photos, so ill confirm the ino for you. Nice find on the Spottted flys!!!
Good to see you

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all day here, 68 species seen.

2 bearded tits, both males smile were on the grit trays along the causeway just before 10am, apparently the earliest ever recording for them to be using the trays. managed some pics on my phone through my scope, kevin Kelly is going to send me some more info on these 2 particular birds.
1 marsh harrier, female
3-4 buzzards
1 sparrowhawk
2 kestrels
1 raven
2 spotted redshank on island from public hide
1 green woodpecker
3 great spotted woodpeckers
2 jays
4-6 marsh tits
2 sedge warblers
plenty off reed warblers around
willow warblers all around, plus several chiffchaffs
3 blackcaps
2-3 spotted flycatchers, from tim Jackson hide
few tufted ducks, pochards, shovelers, gadwalls, wigeons & plenty of teal
plenty of snipe flying around
lots of water rails heard only

eric morcambe & allen hides

3 spotted redshanks
7 greenshanks
4 snipe
2 ruff
1 common sandpiper
7 little egrets
several redshanks, black tailed godwits & lapwings
plus all usuals around.
stoat running along the causeway & 7 red deer.



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AM/PM
Marsh Harrier-4 fem/1 adult male/1 Imm male- Best views from the lower Hide
plenty swift
1 Cetti's Warbler song only
Raven -4
plenty godwits and Avocets
Coastal pools very flooded-not much cop for photography :(

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Evening all
There has been some discussion on the female Lesser Scaup formerly at Borwick Waters/latterly on the fishing pond over the road

VERY few people who have been birdwatching at Leighton Moss have been to see this bird, despite it being a regularly publicised (websites and pager) very instructive identification exercise and just a minor detour on the way home

Various reasons have been given for this, perhaps the most interesting is the notion that it is not on an "official reserve", or a place which openly invites birdwatchers. One person spoken to today had not been as he felt that viewing a private site where anglers were minding their own business, even from a public right of way, was as intrusive and uncomfortable as viewing a private garden where arrangements with the owner had not been made. Therefore the unease over the process of observation outweighed any desire to see the bird

If you were not interested in seeing this bird at its current location, would you, on the other hand, go out of your way to see it if it was at Leighton Moss (e.g. on the Lower Hide when you only intended to visit the shore pools/western end hides)?

Would be interested in feedback here. Thanks.

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Tuesday, April 30th.
Highlights.

Marsh Harrier 1m
Osprey 1 seen from causeway.
Little Gull 2 seen from public hide.
Marsh Tit 2
Curlew Sandpiper 1 from Eric Morecambe hide.
Knot 20+ from Morecambe hide.
Garden Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing.
Grasshopper Warbler 1 good views of singing male.
Bar-tailed Godwit 2
Black-tailed Godwits/Avocets.

etc.etc.etc.

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Brief visit to Eric Morcambe hide 4.40 - 5.00-

70+ Avocet
150+ Black-tailed Godwit
Spotted Redshank in Summer plumage
Many Swift
2 Marsh Harrier

Outskirts-

Part Melanistic pheasant
Curlew displaying

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Hi Steve, a couple of questions. Firstly was the wood warbler singing too,and secondly the two bitterns booming both from same area? And frequency of the booms? Cheers mate sounds like a great day! This information would be great for our records! :)

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27th april, just like dave, an excellent day out here with 74 species seen throughout the day, highlights being...

eric Morecambe & allen hides..

2 male lesser whitethroats outside the eric morcambe hide showing really well & putting on there fancy flycatching skills smile
good views of sedge warbler, plus whitethroats, blackcaps, chiffchaffs & willow warblers.
1 curlew sandpiper, 1 spotted redshank, 6 bar tailed godwits, 5 knot in amongst the black tailed godwits & redshanks
30+ avocets
1 wheatear in fields near the level crossing

around the rest of the reserve...

1 male redstart, only a brief glimpse in field close to lower hide, could not relocate.
1 wood warbler, on path going towards lower hide off the causeway, showing well around 7pm smile
missed the osprey in the morninghmm
no signs of the pair of garganey
at least 3 marsh harriers
4-6 marsh tits, 1 in particular posing for pics
several buzzards around
2 sparrowhawks
good numbers off mostly sand martins, swallows, several house martins & swifts.
willow warblers all around plus blackcaps, chiffchaffs, reed & sedge warblers
plus all usuals around


birds heard only 2 booming bitterns around 7pm, water rail, tawny owl, green woodpecker & cettis warbler.smilesmile

-- Edited by steven burke on Sunday 28th of April 2013 12:39:21 AM

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Excellent day at Leighton Moss today, definite highlight was a cracking Curlew Sandpiper at Eric Morecambe hide.

Lifer for me.

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Very pleasant day even if there was nothing exceptional. Best birds were a cracking breeding plumage Spotted Redshank, the fairly numerous Marsh Harriers and the even more numerous Avocets. Hard to believe the latter weren't here as breeding birds only 10 years ago or so. Other main species seen: Red-breasted Merganser, Cettis Warbler, Black-tailed Godwit, Water Rail, Common Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, Buzzard, and the rest of the usual suspects.

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66 species at Leighton Moss today, highlights include;
Plenty of Marsh Harrier skydancing action
Osprey within 75m over the causeway
40+ Avocet (Outer hides)
100+ Black Tailed Godwit (Outer hides)
3 Little Egret
Single Ringed Plover
My first Swallows & Sand Martins of the year
Cettis Warbler calling loudly outside Grizedales Hide
My first Willow Warbler of the year (3)
10+ calling Chiffchaff
3 Marsh Tit

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A very good day out with Wigan RSPB in glorious April weather. Blue Skies all day,
jackets off in the afternoon, and no snow until we got back to Chorley.

Highlights:
Marsh Harrier..4 Possibly 5. With 2 Males up together skydancing, with a female seen above. One splendid Male
(Quite Pale with primaries missing) hunting low, 40 yards from us on the the causeway. Two more females seen.
Buzzards..4
Peregrine..(f) Cruising above us, fairly low. Fantasticsmile
Marsh Tit around the feeder, pointed out by Gordon Taylor(nice to meet you Gordon.) Plus 2 more in the wild.
See Woodwell postscript.
2 Cetti's Warblers heard only, in the causeway bushes.
Tawny Owl hooting, near the Lower Hide.
Chiffchaff..1
Pintail Duck..1
Song Thrush..1

From the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides. (and drivers with tall vehicles like mine, should be aware that
the first car park is now closed!)
Avocets..I managed to count 28 of the 30 plus present.
Spotted Redshank..1
Another Chiffchaff.
Kingfisher (m) ..1, good views of it stood on the pool bank
Little Egret..4
Unfortunately while we were at these hides, a Common Crane flew over Lower Hide!
Plenty Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck. Pair of Gadwall

Woodwell.
After a very welcome coffee and cake at the nearby cafe/art gallery we visited the Well
and Bottoms Wood.
No Hawfinch to be seen but great views of 2 Marsh Tits in different parts of the woodsmile







-- Edited by keith mills on Saturday 6th of April 2013 08:52:34 PM

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Saturday 2nd February 7.45am - 3pm

2 Green Woodpeckers flew over the M6 near Lancaster whilst en route then as I approached the reserve I counted 15 Little Egret in a large tree overlooking one of the marshes
Usuals at the feeding station but not in as good numbers as they were before the work started.
Lillian's Hide- Plenty of Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Pochard, Wigeon, a few female Goldeneye, a high number of Gadwall and a few Pintail. 3 Marsh Harriers (2 adults 1 young) showing very well quite close to the hide.
Water Rail also showing well up close to the hide, 14 Snipe, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen, feral GreylagGeese, Common- Black-Headed - and Great Black Backed Gulls all on show. All this and 2 Bearded Reedlings flying over the reeds to the right of the hide but not close enough to get a shot.

Grisedale Hide. Think it was a Great Egret as it was certainly large enough, too big for a Little Egret. Marsh Harrier again.

Tim Jackson Hide. Bit quiet, mainly Duck species.

Walked round to the Public and Lower Hide.
Buzzard, 4 Curlew flying over in full voice. A single Lapwing on one of the islands. Others were mainly Ducks here. Except for the Cettis Warbler outside the Public Hide, loud and in your face singing then suddenly stops, it flew out of the reeds, looked at me then flew back in.
Only other bird of note was a single Raven flying quite low near to Lower Hide towards the farm, massive size and the wedge tail a giveaway.
No Otters or Bittern. Otherwise a brilliant day!

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Hi Ian, the windows aren't smashed thankfully, we are getting them replaced because of the latches, that's why they are boarded up. And as for the dog in the hide was it public hide?
Thanks sounds like you had a decent day, great to have the avocets back!
Kev

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Teal Wigeon Gadwall Shoveler Goldeneyes, Pintail showing up well hide, Pochard, Goosander, Tufted, Shelduck Redshank Little Egret, Spotted Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing Oystercatcher, Greylag Geese heard cetti warbler Raven, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Avocet, female sparrowhawk Marsh Tits Bullfinchs and Otter at noon from lower Hide. Lots of people about some quite loud with running commentry which scared quite a bit off, several window smashed, and a bird watcher with a dog in the hides

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same as previous posts with addition of Spotted Redshank and Merlin from the Eric Morecambe complex

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Same as Ian but plus peregrine, water rail,the usual blue, great coal and marsh tits and a marlin. Grisdale hide look brill now.

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Teal Wigeon Gadwall Shoveler Shelduck, female Goldeneyes, Pintail, Pochard, Goosander, Tufted, Redshank Little Egret, Greenshank, Marsh Harrier showing well public hide, Curlew. Large numbers of Lapwing moving about, Oystercatcher, Greylag and Pink footed Geese heard cetti warbler several red deer and a water vole. Grisdale Hide finished.



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Late post for Friday/Saturday

Feeding Station

Marsh Tit
Male Brambling

Main reserve

2 + Water Rail
2 + Marsh Harrier
15+ Little Egret
Kingfisher
Sparrowhawk
2 Snipe

Female Otter

Eric Morcambe and Allen Hide

2 Peregrine Falcon. 1 on the ground feeding on a lapwing
Marsh Harrier
Pintail
Redshank
Greenshank
2 Female Red Breasted Merganser + 1 male
Shoveler
Teal
Little Egret
500+ Lapwing




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Spent the day at the reserve with a couple of friends and had a good days birding;

Main Reserve

Teal
Wigeon
Snipe
Water Rail
Greenshank
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Marsh Harrier
Green Woodpecker
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Marsh Tit
Brambling


Allen and Eric Morcambe hide's

Teal
Wigeon
Gadwall
Shoveler
Shell duck
Goldeneye
Pintail
Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Little Egret

The Otter's were showing well from pretty much every hide on the reserve.

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Lots of ice so number of birds reduced but 3 Whooper swans, Teal ,Gadwall, some Wigeon, 2 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye, Treecreeper Nuthatch, Curlew, Lesser Black-backed Gull Redshank, Lapwing, Juv Marsh Harrier, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, lot of hungry Robins Little Egret fishing with Heron heard Water Rail and sure Green Woodpecker


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 8th of December 2012 03:35:55 PM

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Dropped in to Leighton Moss about 2pm today AFTER climbing Blencathra in gorgeous fresh snow!

Was really there to see the starling roost, but thought I would try for my first (lifer) Bittern - and indeed, saw TWO in filght, and one stalking along the edge of the reeds opposite Public Hide along the frozen water's edge.
Was really great view - a fair way away, yes, but just to see it doing its Bittern walk along the ice was really brilliant.

After that we had a good view of a moderately big murmuration of Starlings against a pink, freezing cold sky.


What a day!!



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I had the very good fortune to go to Leighton Moss today for my first visit - splendid weather and though cold, it reaped the rewards big time

The highlight for me was seeing my first ever BITTERN which coyly emerged from the reeds on the left of Public Hide and flew into them, and then across the hide into the right hand side.

A second lifer was a multiple tick - 6 Marsh Tits were on the feeders and a at a tree on the path where I had a brief chat with a photographer - we saw Nuthatch x 2 and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling.

At Lillians Hide on my visit a juv.male Marsh Harrier was preening in a distant tree, but a chap with a Swarovski scope got me onto him. Water Rail was heard in the reeds but not seen. 10-15 Snipe were around, including one who, on my second visit, was cocky enough to saunter onto the ice and drill into it with his bill right in front of the hide, giving excellet photo ops (except... I don't have a camera )

A second Marsh Harrier was seen performing well at Public Hide.

Also, a good mix of waterfowl (Teal, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Shoveler, Wigeon and common birds (M Bulfinches on feeding station was my highlight) throughout this truly superb place.

At the rail station 17 Waxwings went over my head as I was taking a call - I missed them, but a reliable source working for the National Trust and who knew his birds said so, and he had seen some whislt working at Arnside Fell.

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1 Hawfinch Woodwell, near Silverdale, seen well inbetween the houses & the car park early afternoon, also 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

RSPB Reserve
Causeway
Several thousand Starlings
Water Rail showing well
Cetti's Warbler heard
2 Marsh Harrier
8 Little Egret
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Pintail
1 Pochard
1 Goosander

((Also, the Great White Egret was seen today in Jackson/Griesdale area))

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Please note, that the Griesdale hide is being removed on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of November. There will also be limited access to the Tim Jackson hide whilst the old Griesdale hide is being removed too. So if you're visiting on those dates expect some disruptions.

The new hide is apparently expected around three weeks after the 28th.

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Good haul, Nick. Good to hear that the Bearded Tits are still using the grit trays in reasonable numbers. I had several earlier in the year but on talking to 'Vols' & local birders a short while after they reported secveral irruptions that had lowered the numbers of Bearded Tits on the reserve & therefore using the grit trays. It started to get a bit hit & miss as to whether visitors saw them at all, according to the info passed to me. Glad to see that they are looking to be more reliable now

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After our failed attempt at Sizergh, Leighton Moss proved much more successful. The highlights being:-

Great White Egret - showed well from Grisedale hide.
Marsh Harriers - one from Public hide and one from Eric Morecambe hide.
Bearded Tits - 12 reported earlier in the morning on the grit trays. We actually only saw five birds but you could hear others pinging in the reeds.
Merlin - from Eric Morecambe hide.
Greenshank - Eric Morecambe.
Marsh Tit - feeding station.
Water Rail - Lillian's hide.
Kingfisher - Lillian's.

After here we took a walk down by the race track from Sands lane next to the estuary. Not a great deal around down here but plenty birds on shore in the distance. Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Redshanks, etc all noted here.

All in all a good day with 70 species noted in total.

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am of note
public hide 5 bearded tits flying to trays flock of snipe heard cetti warbler twice , otter wrestling with eel.
lillians bittern flying, heard water rail 4 pintail goldeneye
usuals
march; red brested merganser usual waders
reports of swallow seen last week

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2nd November:
Otter
Water Rail
Bittern

Scaup at Public Hide - http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamjpeet/8148629224/in/photostream


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Unlike Ian I did see Bearded Tit plus 2 Marsh Harriers, Great White Egret, Little Egret. Didn't get the Otter though


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Pochard, Goldeneye, Shoveler , Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall Goosander etc Pintail main hides
Public Hide Water Rail right in front of hide, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, heard Cettis Warbler Otter Water Vole
Griesdale Hide Great White Egret posing for photos quite near Sparrowhawk red deer
Eric Morecombe Hide Pintail Shelduck usual ducks and 8 Red Breasted Merganser very near tp hide posing for photo and displaying Little Egret also very near Curlew Lapwing Greylag Geese Pink Footed Geese Redshank more waders further out
Saw no Bearded Tits


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 3rd of November 2012 04:11:56 PM

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News through on the BBC website about the official opening of the new Eric Morecambe Hide. Something one of the helpful visitor centre staff told me about on my last visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-20122547

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40 species seen or heard, 12 - 4:45pm

Causeway

Cetti's Warbler (heard only, while waiting without luck at the grit trays for Bearded Tits)

Public Hide

2 Marsh Harrier, inc 1 splendid male
2 Buzzard
2 male Goosander

Lillian's Hide

Pintail
Marsh Harrier

Tim Jackson's

Great White Egret. Seen stalking around, then in flight after being disturbed by Marsh Harrier and then once settled again, seen in same scope view as a Grey Heron, then separately a Little Egret
3 Snipe
Wigeon

Back to Lillian's as the light faded

c50 Little Egrets at roost
20+ Cormorant at roost
3 Goldeneye (f)
Marsh Harrier
10,000 Starlings at best guesstimate - a vast flock at any event, which grew and grew, creating stunning patterns until finally settling down at about 4:45pm. Included at least one very pale individual (leucistic?) The flock drew the hungry attention of one Sparrowhawk, while two intrepid Goosander flew straight through it.


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Great White Egret
Otter
Water Rail
Little Egret
Green Sandpiper
Heard Bearded Tits

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From Dawn main reason for visit is to get a decent pic of the otters
Two poss Three seen one quite near but no good pic all from public hide.
Very helpful and cheerful staff member reports otters are now on the salt marsh
Other things loads of Shoveler , Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall etc
From the marsh about a twenty Pintail and one Red Breasted Merganser lots of Greylag Geese Bar-Tailed Godwit Redshank Lapwing
Snipe from Lillians
From Public Hide Marsh Harrier Kingfisher Goosander and Cetti Warbler 60 Little Egret in roost 200 Pink-Footed Geese over, and large flocks of Starlings leaving roost
On the causeway from visitors centre to lower hide
2 Tawny Owls heard. Goldfinch Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit Bearded Tit (3) reports of up to 9, Jay, Raven, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (2), and another Cetti Warbler sat looking at me as I came around the corner en-route to Lower Hide, and Goldcrest.
Heard more Bearded Tits at Grisedale Hide
Heard lots of Red Deer and a bat. Scooby Doo Type.


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 20th of October 2012 06:43:01 PM

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Thursday 9.15 - 5.00pm
Rain showers quickly clearing to bright autumn skies

Rediscovered the magic of this place:

Bearded Tits 4 - 3 female and one splendid male on the grit trays
Bittern flew over the causeway within minutes of my arrival
Snipe 91 flying low overhead from Lilian's side in small parties
Hen Harrier female from Tim Jackson hide with 2 Red Deer in the trees
Marsh Tit 2 coming to seed which a couple of birders put down on a tree on the path to Greisdale Hide
Goosander from Public Hide (Scaup reported but not picked out by me Also an Otter was performing here too am but not seen by me as I went off to move my car)

Jenny Brown's Point and new Allen and Eric Morecombe hides:
Tide was so high there was little in the way of waders
Redshank 50+ in flooded fields off causeway to the point
Oystercatcher 1000s distant on the bar above the rising tide
Red-breasted Merganser in flight

No prams in the hides!



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From first light very picturesque paths much drier
Shoveler , Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal, Pintail male, Goldeneye female, Gadwall, Shelduck, Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail heard lower hide. (Reports of Bittern public hide)
Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk 2 Tawny Owls heard.
Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, House Sparrow, Bullfinch, Greenfinch Chaffinch Goldfinch
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit Bearded Tit (4) reports of up to 11.
Jay Rook ,Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie.
Little Egrets, Great White Egret (1 roost ), Spotted Redshank (2 Eric Morcombe Hide), Redshank, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Snipe, Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit
Kingfisher (several) Robin, Wren, Dunnock Poss Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, several goldcrests reports of a flock of 20 near Lillians yesterday
Blackheaded Gull, Cormorant Pheasant Great Spotted woodpecker Mute Swan Pink-Footed Goose (4)
Otter within 20m public hide, Red Deer and Rabbit.


-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 14th of October 2012 07:34:13 PM

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Had an extended morning visit to Leighton Moss with Mr Barber today. The highlights were:-

Arriving just after 08.45 we quickly got onto 12 - 13 Bearded Tits on the grit trays. This year there is also a tray of seeds which was attracting other species including a cheeky Wren and a foraging Water Rail. Next stop the Public hide where we had reasonable views of one of the Otters, a first for both of us. Next came a Kingfisher, we saw another later from the Tim Jackson hide. From the Causeway, a distant bellowing Red Deer stag was heard and on the path to the Lower hide several Lesser Redpoll were feeding on the Alders. The two Marsh Harriers (1 fem, 1 juv) were up for a while and finally from Lillians hide a Stonechat flycatching from a post and 6 Common Snipe immediately in front of the hide.

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Had an amazing day at Leighton today from 0815 through to 2.15pm, visiting all the hides and gaining no less than FOUR lifetime ticks! Added bonus was to hear the sound of a roaring Red Deer stag for the first time, too. Didn't exactly see him though - just the top of his antlers - but the roar is such an evocative sound!

Back to Avifauna......

Lifers:

Bearded Tits (on the grit trays of course)
Spotted Redshank (EM Hide)
Water Rail (Lower Hide)
Cetti's Warbler (near the grit tray area - singing loudly and also glimpsed in the scrubby trees)


Others:

Marsh Harrier (2 or possibly 3 individuals)
Kestrel
Curlew
Jay (loads)
Snipe (best ever view quite close to Tim's Hide)

Teal
Shoveler
Gadwall
Mallard

Greenshank
Redshank
Cormorant
Little Egret
Widgeon
Merganser (female) OR Goosander (female) - nobody could QUITE decide!
Mute Swan
Moorhen

Carrion Crow
Robin (lots - very confiding!)
Dunnock
Great tit
Coal tit
Blue tit
Nuthatch
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Collared Dove
Wood Pigeon naturally
Magpie naturally

oh and a brown rat arguing over scraps under the feeders with the magpies!

35 bird species in all - probably my best day's birding to date!

-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Wednesday 10th of October 2012 07:05:30 PM

-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Wednesday 10th of October 2012 10:23:59 PM

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Paths still very muddy - causeway about 10cm deep in water for most of the way :)

There at dawn for a few hours - highlights:

Otter hunting in front of public hide down to about 4m away.
Cetti's Warbler along the causeway
Bearded Tits on the grit tray once the sun had dried the reed heads off
Chiffchaff from the causeway [though they'd all gone by now]
A flock of 28 snipe over
Whooper Swans over [8]
Lots of Water Rails heard
Feeding flock of 2 Spotted Redshank and 5 Greenshank from Eric Morecambe hide
Green Sandpiper
Marsh Harrier
Red Breasted Merganser [3]

and well worth the wait and thanks to the regular who spotted it coming in - Kingfisher to 5m away on a post from Eric Morecambe



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yesterday

bearded tit- both m&f on grit trays
yellow-browed warbler - 10 yards down from grit trays
cetti's warbler- damp scrub viewable from Roy Philpott memorial bench
sabine's gull - flew overhead at above location
curlew sandpiper- grizedale hide
kingfisher- grizedale hide
otters- griz. hide
red breasted merganser- morecambe/allen hides
greenshank-m/a hides
peregrine- m/a hides





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Most paths flooded up to three inches but all Hides still open
On main causeway past public Hide Shoals of Sticklebacks, Waterboatmen, and Water Crickets swimming in front of you.

and Siskins, Jays, Female Bearded Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaffs. From Lower Hide Marsh Harrier Snipe Redshank
Usual Water Fowl Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck Wigeon Gadwall Pochard etc
On causeway to Grisedale Hide Treecreeper, Coal and Marsh tits Cettis Warbler and Goldcrest
Eric Morcambe Hide and Allen Hide finished
Around Curlew, Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank Little Egret Black-Tailed Godwit Lapwing kingfisher reports of Little Stint spotted redshank

Two Otters from Lower Hide for twenty minutes
Large Stag Red Deer from Grisedale and others calling
Rabbit and Brown Rat



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 29th of September 2012 11:17:59 PM

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Saturday 22.9
Reported five kingfisher at Eric morecambe and two on main reserve at same time. Just after I left only having seen two/three. One sat in front of hide giving excellent views
Sunday
Three kingfishers this am at Eric

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visit today

from Griesdale hide Otter reported 15 metres of Griesdale Hide 20 minutes before I arrived and main reason for early visit.
Large flocks of Siskins, Bearded Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest Chiffchaffs. Red Deer
On the Water at these and other hides main site Hides around visitor centre Teal, Shoveler, Pochard Little Egret.
Spanking New Eric Morcombe Hide and Allen Hide still being finished Curlew, Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank Little Egret and two kingfisher other flocks of waders with sun behind them. Quite busy

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