So with not a great deal happening on the patch and outlying area ( although did get a text from Birder John this morning saying a Kite Sp had flown over Thacka reserve, and I reminded him that a Black Kite has been wandering around Cumbria on and off for the last 3 or 4 weeks) I have been heading out of the county.
The following pics are from 2 visits to Leighton Moss one with Mrs W and once on my own. when my wife and I went down the weather was still holding good, and the Marsh Harriers were showing well.
|And here the food pass had just taken place, the male passing a small bird or chick of some kind to the female, she then takes it down to the young in the reeds|
|The usual noise greeted anyone entering the Lillian hide with all the Black-headed Gulls, some with chicks, food for the Harriers methinks.|
|A Wren was giving good song as we walked along one of the paths, in fact it wasn't the usual call, and before I saw it I thought it could have been something else, but then saw it actually singing and it did sound strange.|
|Lapwing from the Grizedale hide before we moved on to the Allen hide and watched these little beauties------|
|A pair of Avocets with their 4 chicks|
|As can be seen some of the chicks are more advanced and are fending for themselves|
|It was great to watch them, as they kept sweeping their little turned up bill from side to side.|
|They have done very well this year with getting on for 40 young. its been an incredible success story since the first pair were found breeding in the South East in the 1940s I believe.|
|While on a neighbouring pool this Heron was having a good preen.|
A week later A Spoonbill turned up, having missed the one on the Solway I decided to go down for a second visit in the hope of adding this to my year list. (and no this can't be classed as a twitch, as I don't twitch honest ;-)), ) This time I was more fortunate although as can be seen from the first pic it was a good distance away.
|To give you some idea, this was taken with a 500mm lens. so I switch lenses and digiscoped it.|
|Look at the size of that bill, you could use that for canoeing.|
|Just looks like a paddle.|
|And from another hide a female Tufted Duck wing stretching and a ------|
|Coot having a wash and brush up. and lastly ------|