Thursday, 20 June 2013

Aliens at Leighton Moss

Had another visit to Leighton Moss on Tuesday, making the most of the good weather we are having at the  moment, this Little Egret was on view from the Alan hide

and while watching it, I got thinking about some of the things I had seen today and in the past , aliens at Leighton Moss.
Its not that many years ago we could never have dreamed of seeing Little Egret at Leighton Moss or

 another bird which are now regular visitors to the area, and well established as a breading species. And although not seen on this occasion, but  from the archives-------

Spoonbill, this pic taken from the Eric Morecambe hide, another bird that is being seen on a fairly regular basis.

And on or near the feeders these too are seen----------

The Collared Dove one of the most successful colonisers.

 The Grey Squirrel, an invader to our shores, and one we would rather be without, the powers that be are fighting hard to try and keep it from taking over the whole of the lake District but with limited success.

And this little chap, the  result of successful breading from two of these------------

Black-headed Gull, now taking over in three areas at Leighton.
Also I don't think these have always resided at Leighton, but are now seen quite often,------

Three Red Deer hinds, seen on Tuesday from the Grizedale hide.
There are no doubt other examples, but I can't bring any to mind as I write this post.

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  1. Hi Gordon Found your site when I was trying to join WBW. Still don't know if it has worked yet!!! Anyway, it was very nice reading your post and seeing the birds and deer you came across. So far we don't have all those birds in Northern Ireland bt I am sure given time, we will. Margaret

  2. Lots of great species, Gordon! Cool to see the variations in Spoonbills and Avocets; so different from the ones here. Take care!

  3. Thank you all for your kind and interesting comments.
    All the best Gordon.

  4. Hi there - interesting post. I lived in the south lakes for the best part of five years - and at the start I would see Red Squirrels almost every week - and by the time I left they had gone. Shame.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


A big thank you to everyone for looking in and leaving their comments, much appreciated, Gordon.