Leighton Moss RSPB - 25th October 2009





ABOVE BEARDED TIT
The day started well with an 8am start up to Leighton Moss to try and see the Bearded Tit. As soon as we arrived they began to appear and I felt sorry for the guy who had been stood there for two hours waiting for them, been there done that and I'm sure we will again. We watched for about 45 minutes as they flew in and out Reece putting the new Lumix DMC-FZ38 to good use taking both pictures and a short video. When I figure out how to view the video on the PC I will load it to the blog, the software CD is damaged and I can't find anything around to view the files - help needed.
Moving from the grit trays to the public hide it was pointed out to us a Cettis Warbler was singing nearby, but try as we might we couldn't see it, With the wind blowing strong it was probably low down in the reeds.
A quick scan from the public hide gave us Shoveler, Pintail, Pochard, Mute Swan, Greylag, Cormorant, 2 Greenshank, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard, Shellduck and a Reed Bunting.
ABOVE FEMALE BULLFINCH AND GREENFINCH BELOW MARSH TIT

After an early lunch in the visitors centre we headed down to the feeders to what was showing. Marsh Tit flying through the fence and past our ears was the highlight with Coal and Great Tit also showing well. Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker also made an appearance whilst we watched.

ABOVE MALE BULLFINCH AND BELOW SISKIN

A fleeting trip to the Allen hide before we departed for Pine Lodge Lake gave us Redshank, Black-Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Widgeon, Teal, Little Egret, Great White Egret and a Peregrine.

We were hoping to see the Slavonian Grebe at Pine Lodge Lake but a scour across the area only gave us Coot, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Pochard oh and more Coot. It has been reported there again today I think we were just unlucky, again!

3 comments:

Jonathan Scragg said...

bad luck with the Slavonian Grebe derek. I managed to see it after you tried but it was very hard to spot as it was very small.

Anonymous said...

Shame you missed the Slavonian but it tends to spend a lot of time under water! You've got more nice photos as well. Mike

Anonymous said...

Slavonian Grebe, still at Pine Lake today (4pm Tuesday, the 27th) at the top end of the lake more or less opposite the 'Watersports' building. It was at exactly the same place last Tuesday p.m. and se3ems to loosely associate with a couple of Great Cresteds, so if you find them, it probably won't be far away. Mike.