Trip reports

Evening at Leighton Moss, Friday 26th August 2016

Redshank perched on post
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Once again we were joined by our friends from the RSPB South Lakeland Group for the second this year of our now traditional "Evenings at Leighton Moss" led by former senior warden, John Wilson. As in previous years, this August meeting was centred about the reserve's Allen and Eric Morecambe pools.

We were pleased to see that the embankment and sluice of the Allen Pool that was badly damaged in last winter's storms, has now been repaired and that water levels are now restored so once again providing a good habitat for the many waders that return to Morecambe Bay in the late summer. We saw an impressive number of lapwing (probably 200+) along with redshank that were feeding in the shallows. In the midst of these birds were one or two greenshank that appeared to be more sedentary in habit. John explained to us how this latter species of wader may also be identified by the distinctive two-note piping call that we could hear. A solitary water rail made an appearance near the edge of the pool - a rather unusual sighting for this location. The other birds that we viewed included teal (in dowdy eclipse plumage), black-headed gulls, a large starling roost (on one of muddy islands), wigeon, carrion crow, and several little egrets that flew overhead during the course of the evening on the way to their night time roost.

We would like once again to express our thanks to John Wilson for another enjoyable and instructive evening of birdwatching.

Michael Gardner.