Heysham Power Station & Leighton Moss 10th May 2009

Well we thought we’d make a day of it and it turned out to be a good one with 8 lifers for Reece and 4 for myself but more of that later.

Arrived at Heysham power station about quarter past nine, we had planed on a very early start but had been told sightings were better with the tide coming in rather than out. Walking down to the harbour mouth we sighted Goldfinch, Wren, Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit and Chaffinch.
Along the front of the power station were Lesser Black Backed, Black Headed, Common and Herring Gull as well as a single Whimbrel.

At the harbour mouth we saw our first lifer with a Black Guillimot swimming around at the end of the jetty with a second sat on the jetty with 2 Turnstone (Reece’s second lifer). Other sightings from the harbour mouth included Cormorant, Shag, 20+ Turnstone and Oystercatcher 500+ flying across the bay to roost further down the coast. On our walk back amongst the starling and swallow we noticed what we at first put down as a Pied Wagtail but having looked at the photos and our Collins British Bird book what we actually saw was another lifer, a White Wagtail. How many have I misidentified over the years?

Driving on up to Leighton Moss we spotted Eider 10+ on Morecambe Bay and 2 Buzzard further north along the A6.

At Leighton Moss we didn’t have as much time as we hoped but managed a little time in most of the hides. At the feeders we logged Marsh, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, Bullfinch (all Male), Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Squirrel.

Around the hides we sighted Marsh Harrier 5 (though we saw them across 4 hides so not sure if 1 or 2 were the same bird), Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed and Greater Black Backed Gull, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shellduck, Pochard, Little Egret, Raven, Heron and Lapwing. Reece also spotted a Water Vole as well as the 2 Red Deer we saw from one of the hides.

Also ran into Mike as we were leaving, hope you had the rest of a good day and may see you down at Brockholes later.

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