THE VIEW FROM THE PUBLIC HIDE
It was a late start up to Leighton Moss but with 2 Great White Egret being reported in recent days we couldn't miss out on this rare bird. For the second weekend in a row Reece took charge of the photography and it looks like I'm going to have to start saving for his own camera!
The Eric Morecambe hide was our first stop and we soon saw our only raptors of the day with a Kestrel fighting the wind in search of a meal and a Peregrine sheltering on a post. On our approach to the hide c70 Black Tailed Godwit flew over heading for the pool in front of the Allen hide. c20 Little Egret were dotted around the 2 pools and eventually the Great White Egret flew in distantly landing for a short period before battling with the weather it moved behind the hide and further into the reserve.
ABOVE LITTLE EGRET AND BELOW A SPOTTED REDSHANK AMONGST REDSHANKThere were c30 Redshank around the pool in front of the Allen hide and someone picked out a Spotted Redshank giving Reece his second lifer for the day.
ABOVE REDSHANK AND BELOW MARSH TIT
Last of all was a trip down to the public hide and I most say it was probably the most enjoyable visit to the hide all year with a number of birds showing on the pool.
ABOVE MOULTING SHOVELER AND BELOW PREENING TEAL
Shoveler, Teal, Pochard were showing in numbers as well as 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe and Grey Heron. On the island 6 Greenshank and a single Spotted Redshank sheltered from the gusts, whilst a Kingfisher flew in front of the hide before we left.