Trip reports

Outing to Leighton Moss 28/02/2016

Outing to Leighton Moss 28/02/2016
Snipe at Leighton Moss Robert Joint Outings Secretary

Monday, 29 February 2016

We left springwood on a bright and sunny morning for Leighton Moss via the M62, M61, & the M6. As we were travelling along the M62 we saw a Kestrel being chased by a Crow and as we neared Leighton Moss we saw a flock of Whooper Swans and as we got of the coach nr. The sea hides a skein of Pinkfeet Geese flew over. The Sea Hides were a little quiet as the tide was out, but waders and wildfowl were seen including 2 Greenshanks, some snipe and Dunlin and several hundred quite distant Black-tailed Godwits. Walking from the sea hides to the main reserve there was a small feeding area and a mixed group of finches, including Greenfinch Chaffinch and Reed Bunting, were seen here. Also seen were Buzzards, Mistle Thrush and Grey Lag Geese. At the feeding station behind the Visitor Centre Tits and House Sparrows and a Stoat were seen. On the walk to Lillian's Hide and the new viewing tower. After sprinkling some seed on a log Marsh Tit and Nuthatch was seen. From Lillian's hide lots of Teal and some Mute Swans were seen and our first Marsh Harrier of the day, we were to see several others including one from the Grisdale Hide attempting to catch a Teal. After Lunch many of the group went to the Public and Lower Hides via the new boardwalk, much better than having to walk long the road. Here Tufted uck, Great Black Backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe and Coot were seen. We were hoping for Otter at the lower hide, but none were seen, but Lesser Redpoll was seen on the way back. Elsewhere on the reserve Little Egret, Grey Heron, Pintail, lots of Robins and a few Canada Geese and a Bank Vole. We left for home at 5 pm after an enjoyable days birding arriving back at Springwood at 7 pm.