A trip to Leighton Moss…

Last Wednesday I met up with Chris and we decided to head south and visit the Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. We had a quick stop at Sizergh Castle where we had a distant (and brief) view of a Hawfinch. Next we made our way to the Eric Morcambe Pools. The pools were very quiet; just a few Redshank and Little Egrets to keep us occupied.

We walked down to Lower Hide on the main reserve where we were quickly enjoying views of a drake American Wigeon amongst lots of Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and Gadwall.

American Wigeon drake) at Leighton Moss

American Wigeon drake) at Leighton Moss

We also saw our first Great White Egret of the day here and a juvenile Marsh Harrier.

There was a large selection of ducks on view from the the public hide, but nothing new for the day. After a quick bite of lunch we made our way to the Grizedale Hide. Here we had nice views of Snipe, Water Rail and our second Great White Egret of the day!

Water Rail

Water Rail

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

We finished the days birding off from the sky tower where we saw Great White Egret number three of the day and a nice selection of ducks including Pochard and Goldeneye.

It wasn’t just about the virds of course, the views in the autumn sun were stunning!

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