Leighton Moss – Friday 28th October

Firstly I think a change of theme is in order, so don’t worry you’re still in the right place!! I have changed from greenery to itheme2.

Anyway, onto the post. Last Friday I went to Leighton Moss, an RSPB nature reserve in Silverdale, Lancashire. I went mainly to get the last of my christmas presents but because I hadn’t gone round it for a while I thought we might as well, we being my nana and grandad.

I set of with a plan. I wanted to try to spot:

  • Marsh Harriers
  • Bearded Tits
  • Bitterns
  • Otters
I’ll put all the photos in a gallery at the bottom for you to look through (as well as the occasional one in the writing) don’t worry I’ll put labels on if you don’t know what they are 😉
Firstly I saw a Robin, stood literally a metre or two away from me.

Robin

We went to Lillian’s hide first, the biggest hide at Leighton Moss. There was where I saw the first thing on my list, the marsh harriers, quite a rarity but they are breeding at the reserve. You may or may not be able to see them on the photos as I have an awful camera, but if you want to have a look at them they will be just above the reedbeds. There was mainly teals, mallards, wigeon and pochard at the hide oh and absolutly loads of coots!!!
Next we went right to the other end of the reserve to the public and lower hides. On the way you go down the causeway path in which the staff have put up grit trays for the bearded tits. I learned that they change their diets so that they don’t have to migrate in the winter. In summer they eat the bugs on the reeds and then they eat the seeds off the reeds in winter. The reason they need grit is too digest the seeds. There was nothing on the grit trays however just before them there was a flock of around 15 bearded tits feeding on the seeds. Number two on the list gone 🙂
Bearded tit (in the middle)
Bearded tit (on tree)
The next hide was the Public Hide. There we saw a few comerants, great created grebe, a few black headed gulls and the odd mallard duck, not very exciting I know but its all part of the experience.
After a very long walk to the Lower hide and a walk through a wood (seeing some goldcrests) , I was beginning to get a bit excited as this hide was where you had the biggest chance of seeing the otters. Well unfortunalty we didn’t see one but you haven’t herd the best of it yet. Just after leaving the hide I asked what time was it and it was 12:25. What’s that got to do with it your all thinking, well I went onto the recent sightings page on their website and guess what. At 12:30 the otters made a brief appearance. I was like nooooooo. Anyway at the lower hide I did see some more coots and mallards oh and a swan. There was more great crested grebes about 5. I love seeing them dive in the water and bob back up again.
So then after are ‘near’ encounter we went to the tim jackson and griesdale hides. I’ve gotten mixed up to which ones were which but never mind. At one of them I saw nothing but teals, hundreds of them. I also saw a great white egret flying over head. Then at the other hide I saw 6 red deers. However because of the sun, you had to be very careful that you didn’t blind yourself 😉 Someone very kindly let me look through their telescope at them as they had it set up on them. Last year I think it was, was when I saw a baby deer.
Unfortunately no bittern, however I think it says that one did fly over, that must have been later, never mind better luck next time. I will see one 🙂
Finally on the way back to the visitor centre we stopped off at the bird feeding station. I saw blue,coal and great tit. Greenfinches, chaffinches and some more ducks.
Overall I had a really good day and can’t wait for my next visit, and who knows, maybe I’ll get my bittern and otter 🙂
Before I forget below is the gallery of photos…
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The New Birdfeeders!!!

he first of my things to buy list complete, next its the greenhouse or iphone…have to decide that later. I bought my pole two weeks ago from the RSPB at their Leighton Moss Shop, I think they got a bit of a shock when I went to the checkout as I appeared with all my feeders! It came to the grand old sum of £115. You’re probably thinking that this is a lot, but put it this way I shouldn’t have to buy feeders again for a long time and all the profit that the RSPB gets the more money will go to their wildlife conservation.

Anyway here is a photo of my new birdfeeders and some of the birds that have visited all within 2 weeks of feeding them again.

My New Birdfeeding Station

These are the birds that have so far visited my new pole:

  • Blue Tit
  • Coal Tit
  • Blackbird
  • Starling
  • House Sparrow
  • Goldfinch
  • Chaffinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Collared Dove
  • Woodpigeon
  • Jackdaw

Think that is all that has been for now, my robin, great tit and song thrush haven’t been back but fingers crossed. Here are the bird pics…

 
 

I wonder what will come and visit in the future!!!
Oh and let me know your wildlife experiences too…