Trip reports

RSPB outing to Leighton Moss on 23rd of April 2017

Otter among seaweed
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

We left springwood at 8.30 on a bright and sunny but cool spring day arriving at Leighton Moss at 10.30. The walk from the coach to the sea hides proved very fruitful as there were many Warblers to be Heard and seen including Reed warbler, Sedge Warbler 7 the highlight of the day excellent views of a Grasshopper Warbler Singing. There were also many Swallows flying about their plumage shining in the Sun. From the sea hides we saw large numbers of Black tailed Godwits looking fine in their breeding plumage along with Red Shank and a Great White Egret and Avocet. We walked up to the main reserve and enjoyed views of Buzzard on the way. At the feeding area there was a mixed group of finches, including Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Bullfinch, Red Poll and Marsh Tit was also seen there. There were many butterflies about enjoying the Sunny weather including Orange Tip, Small tortoiseshell, Small White and Brimstone. Red Deer was also to be seen. Some of the group were lucky enough to see Otter at the lower hide, there were also very good views of Marsh harrier from here. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather and surroundings we left for home at 5 pm after a great days birding arriving back at Springwood at 6.45pm.

Liz O'Reilly