Friday, 20 May 2011

Down to the land of the floating sheds

The floating sheds (Brockholes Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve)
Yes Mrs W and myself had a ride down the M6 to the recently opened  reserve. Bird wise there was quite a bit to see if one was willing to tramp around, which we was not. We left Penrith in lovely warm sun only to be greeted by gale force winds and no sun at the reserve.
The reserve for a long time now has been pulling some good birds in including some rarities, however the new building and the path layout is still very much a work-in-progress situation. On the day of our visit the only access to the buildings was along the wooden causeway,  and as can be seen there are no safety rails, (parents with children beware). Also the coin machine was malfunctioning creating confusion and a quite a few people in line.

We didn't linger too long and soon we were making our way North again deciding to stop off at  Leighton Moss for lunch and a quick scan.

Male Shoveler
  On reaching Leighton the weather was mucho improvo, and all was good with Mrs W as she had now had lunch.

Coot on nest.
 Up at the Flash with the Westies this morning and 2 Coots were nest building, the above though was a Leighton Moss.
The Little-ringed Plover have been back on the Thacka beck reserve but didn't stay long and Sedge Warbler has been heard on the pond.

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