Trip reports

Outing to Leighton Moss 17/05/2015

Outing to Leighton Moss 17/05/2015
Black Tailed Godwits Robert Outings secretary

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The main highlight, although they were not seen by everyone on the trip, were the Otter sightings. Several of us in the lower hide had a distant sighting of one Otter initially but this was surpassed by 3 otters close in which gave excellent views! I believe they were an adult female and her almost fully grown cubs. As it happens these were the first Otter sightings at Leighton Moss for me in all the twenty plus years I have been visiting!!

On the bird front at the Eric Morecambe & Allen pools were quite full so there were fewer waders seen here. We did see nesting Avocet, Lapwing & Oystercatcher and a few Little Egret and a non-adult Mediterranean Gull with some also seeing a Peregrine. On the path to these hides we did see Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat and a singing Cetti's Warbler was heard. At the main reserve a Nuthatch was nesting in a nest box right outside the front of the centre! At the feeders some saw Marsh Tit and there were at last two male Bullfinches plus a Tree creeper also made an appearance. Nearby at the pond dipping area there were nesting Cetti's Warblers and some did actually see one of the birds visiting the nest. The large flock of Black Tailed godwit at Tim Jackson hide were excellent with many of them in full summer plumage. The two male Marsh Harriers also put in several appearances and a further Peregrine was seen from the public hide. All in all a great visit to this beautiful reserve.

David Hemmingway