Pilling Marsh, Glasson Dock and Leighton Moss 18-04-09

The day started as Pilling Marsh, our first visit and definitely not our last.
We arrived about 11:30 and spent two and half hours there. It’s a good location as you don’t even have to get out the car, (if it’s raining) to view the area. We parked up and sat on the picnic bench and to our surprise there were 150 Pinkfooted Geese feeding in a nearby field. Talking to a couple later on they told us that they seem to head back later every year. Other notable sightings were Common Gull, Redshank, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Curlew, Oyster Catcher and a yet to be identified yellow thrushlike bird running along the marsh grass (as soon as I get the ID I’ll post it)

Next we moved up to Glasson Dock again another first time visit. Redshank and Shellduck were noted on the river and Mute Swan, Coot and Tufted Duck on the Lake. Also a Kestrel hovering around the area, though every time I even thought of lifting my camera it seemed to move on. At the mouth of the river we sighted 50+ Mute Swan, as well as a group of 4 unidentified waders (left the binoculars in the car, we’d only initially stopped for an ice-cream!) , Shellduck and Gulls. On the dock itself we noted Great Crested Grebe and Coot.

Last stop was Leighton Moss and yet again 3 Marsh Harrier were on show. We were told of an earlier sighting of an Osprey but no sign of it whilst we were there. Again we only visited the public hide were we noted Greylag, Teal, Gadwall, Pochard, Shoveler, Lapwing, Heron, Cormorant, 3 Greater Black Backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzard, 2 Blackcap (male & female), Wren, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Warbler.

All in all not a bad day out though I’d like to get up to Leighton Moss earlier next time to explore the rest of the area.

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