Trip reports

Visit to Leighton Moss

Visit to Leighton Moss
Leighton Moss, view from Eric Morecambe hide (Photo: Peter Berrill)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

After a brief stop at Knutsford Services on the M6 we arrived at 10.30am. We were greeted in the car park by Lesley who handed out passes and trail guides.

The target bird of the day was a long staying glossy ibis that had not been seen that morning.

After a brief stop at the Visitor Centre and being buzzed by the local over-friendly mallard flock the group took the Coastal Trail towards Morecambe Bay. In a roadside tree a nuthatch was very audible and great spotted woodpecker was also seen and a grey wagtail flew over us calling.

Arriving at the Allen hide we obtained excellent views of two spotted redshank, a pair of mating avocet and a very lively little egret. The Eric Morecambe hide gave us a large flock of resting black-tailed godwit, redshank, feeding wigeon, shelduck, mallard, teal and gadwall.

Lunch was taken here and as we emerged so did a a few butterflies namely, small tortoiseshell, peacock, brimstone and orange tip. The walk back to the centre was uneventful apart from increasing traffic which included a couple of glistening three-wheel motorcycles and a party of cyclists.

At the Centre I enquired about the glossy ibis, not reported so far I was told. On our way to Griesdale hide I missed a text call from Gary and we stopped to watch a marsh tit beside the footpath. At the hide Gary said " You should have been here ten minute ago, the glossy ibis was in full view, I sent you a text!"

Anyway, twenty minutes later it re-emerged from behind a stand of phragmites and we all had excellent views of it feeding. On leaving the hide we passed several of the Centre Staff hurrying to catch a sight for themselves.

Finishing up at Lillian's hide we had a distant female marsh harrier over the reedbed

Heading for the coach, George, one of the group's photographers, exclaimed "what a dull bird that glossy ibis was".

Peter and Lesley Berrill