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May 2007

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Home is where the heart is!

The recent trip to Leighton Moss, a reserve which nestles in the heart of the countryside of the south lakes, was a roaring success. The reserve has everything, from a lovely visitors centre to miles of paths winding their way through a variety of habitats and excellent hides. We came for the "moss" specialities and went home with them all under our belt! Booming bitterns (although it would appear they are not having a good year); brilliant views of marsh harrier in flight as it hunted over the reed bed and brief views of the distinctive bearded tit. Although rather disappointingly, the marsh didn't resound to the songs of reed / sedge warblers (perhaps they've all arrived early & found a mate?) - although you would be hard pushed to hear them over the loud noises of the breeding black headed gulls - we did hear a green woodpecker, chiffchaff and willow warbler. All the usual duck were present in good numbers with gadwall, pochard and tufted duck being the best of the bunch. Not the right time for waders, we did manage to catch up with the avocets from the Eric Morcambe hide. Being at Leighton Moss puts the "heart" back into our hobby of birding and as a result, going there always feels like coming home!