Trip reports

An Evening at Leighton Moss with John Wilson

An Evening at Leighton Moss with John Wilson
Skytower (c) Ken Harrison

Friday, 28 August 2015

On Friday the 28th August 2015 some twenty-three members from the Lancaster and South Lakeland RSPB Local Groups enjoyed an out of doors evening meeting at the RSPB`s Leighton Moss Reserve. As on previous occasions, this meeting, which is a regular feature on our members' programme, was led by former senior warden John Wilson.

Our evening began in the recently rebuilt Eric Morecambe Hide that offers splendid viewing across the pools and saltmarsh on the seaward side of the reserve. From this vantage point we enjoyed sightings of redshank, ruff, black-tailed godwit (some still showing their attractive brick red breeding plumage), ruff, spotted redshank, shoveler
and dunlin.

After an hour or so we moved on to Lilian's Hide and the new "Skytower", this latter feature offering elevated viewing across the pools and reedbeds. From these positions we could see more black-tailed godwits, with shoveler, gadwall, wigeon and mallard. As the light started to fade, some seven little egrets came into view as they crossed the reedbed, and finally, a flock of starlings, no doubt seeking a night time roost, flew in - another reminder for us of the changing seasons.

Michael Gardner