Trip reports

Leighton Moss & Heysham

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The traditional opening trip of the season started at Lancaster services where 9 members met up.
On the reserve behind the visitors centre the feeders were alive with various finches and tits, including Marsh Tit.
Doing the rounds of the hides we saw many wildfowl being spooked at times by 2 buzzards and a sparrowhawk. A few late swallows were feeding up ready to depart.
We went to the saltmarsh hides where we had Redshank, Spotted Redshank and Greenshank along with numerous Black-Tailed Godwit. On the marsh itself were lots of Little Egrets.
Lunchtime was called so we decided to eat at Wharton Quarry. Whilst there, we were treated to 2 ravens and a Pegegrine falcon flying around.
Thinking about finishing off the day we went to Heysham Power Station overflow. In the past we have seen a few rare gulls including Sabine Gull, but this time only the commoner gulls and a few waders were present, so we called it a day.