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May 2010

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Still the 'Jewel of the north'?

It is not often that we come away from a bird watching site disappointed but, sadly, one of those occasions was the Group's trip to Leighton Moss. Fleeting distant views of Bearded Tit, no sightings of Bittern (although we did hear one 'booming'), no Avocet and moderate views of Marsh Harrier all went to dampen our spirits. When we expected the reed bed to be alive with the song of reed & Sedge Warbler, we were surprised at how quiet the place was - except for the 'din' produced by the breeding Black Headed Gulls. Still we did see Marsh Tit and Nuthatch, both nice birds for the day. Even a trip to the excellent cafe only lifted our sagging spirits for a short time. Perhaps it was our fault. Perhaps we arrived with such impossibly high expectations that we came away disappointed?