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June 2014

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Avocet wading in water

Brockholes and Leighton Moss - two reserves for the price of one !

Amazingly just yards from the M6 at Junction 31 is the Lancashire Wildlife Trusts flagship reserve of Brockholes. Although the rumble of traffic could be heard, the reserve is a lovely oasis of calm. Varied habitat as well with pools, reed beds, river and broad leaf woods. Excellent views of Ringed and Little Ringed Plover on one of the islands was an instant hit. Common Sandpiper was also a pleasant find - this reserve could be a real draw for migrants in the early spring and autumn. Grey Wagtail down near the weir added to the variety of birds to be seen. Whitethroat, Blackcap and Reed / Sedge Warbler all singing in residence. Then onwards to Leighton Moss with its breeding Marsh Harriers ( 4 birds seen - 3 females and 1 male). We did well for birds of prey with Osprey, Hobby and Buzzard also making an appearance. Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers sang from the reed beds with Reed Bunting adding to the chorus of birds. The RSPB have turned the area at the back of the centre into an impressive place to be with flower beds, seating and a larger feeding area. Plenty of finches, tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker present here. Avocets galore and up to 75 Black Tailed Godwit - some in their splendid breeding plumage ! A quick stop at the Quarry for the resident Peregrine finished off a lovely days birding.