Monday, 6 July 2009

Cracking day at Leighton Moss 6 July

It was raining hard in Penrith so was undecided weather to have a ride over Alston or down to Leighton. After considering the weather would probably be worse over Alston and the fact that a Wood sandpiper had been seen yesterday at Leighton , and I was betting that the weather would be better in Lancashire. So by 9-30 Mrs W and my self were heading South down the M6 and a blue sky ahead of us.
We headed straight for the Eric Morecambe hide where there was plenty to see. 3 Little Egrets , 4 Little gulls. Green shanks, Spotted red shanks Lots of Black tail Godwitts, some in beautiful summer plumage , Dunlin , looking even smaller against the Godwitts. At one point female Marsh Harrier came in really close and everything lifted off the marsh, it circled round for a few mins. before heading off in the direction of the mere.
Soon after this we made our way back to the centre for some lunch before spending some time in Lillians hide . here we saw young Reed bunting , and again very good closeups of a female Harrier.
Next we had a walk down to the public hide again good views of Harriers both male & female, then suddenly a Hobby was spotted at a good distance away perched at the top of a dead tree. this was a life first for me and I was over the moon. soon after it disappeared, and I said "it would have been nice to have seen it in flight " I had no sooner got the words out of my mouth than it came hawking right across the front of the hide , absolutely fantastic , and the sun shone all day , what a cracking day

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