It's a hard Job being Jack's transport manager this week. Today I was forced to spend the day at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve while Jack gained a little more insight into the world of RSPB work.
I must admit that Leighton Moss is one of my favourite reserves, one that I first visited around 38 years ago, Boy it has certainly changed since then,
There are seven hides on the reserve and it's annex down the road, adjacent to Morecambe Bay and I started at the Causeway Hide. It used to be called the Public Hide,because it is on a public footpath and is open to all. However since it got an upgrade and is now an out standing modern viewing point it also acquired a new name. I feel a bit at home here because you look out to an island, in a lake with Lapwings on it. (Like a much bigger version of the Restharrow scrape).
A few more Lapwings and Black-headed Gulls.
No wild Geese here but a pair of Greylag Geese.
Not very many Galdwall around but a few scattered over the reserve.
Drake Mallards were looking particularly smart and were already stalking the ducks!
Always good to see a Duck Gadwall, such a nice looking and sweet duck.
One of just a few Cormorants sitting around.
Lower hide was the place to go, I was told, for the best chance of an Otter sighting, but no luck today. I did hear a Water Rail and a couple of Cettis Warblers, with the briefest glimpse of the latter, on the way down to the hide.
A Moorhen in front of the Hide.
Back at the Causeway Hide and Carrion Crow serenaded me noisily.
A late return to Lillian's Hide to see the reported Goldeneye Drake.
Two Pochards at the back seen from Lillians Hide. The reed beds are fantastic and somewhere there are some Bearded Tits, still around although the high water levels has made the winter difficult for them. I didn't see or hear any today.
Four views of the Reserve from the new Tower