I had a meeting at Leighton Moss this morning with one of my colleagues so I took the opportunity to get up there early and spend an hour or so in the Eric Morecambe hide looking at the wildfowl.
Walking towards the hides there was a mixed flock of finches feeding that included a couple of Brambling. There was a lot of wildfowl on the pools and to be honest I did a half hearted count but all I will say is that there were a lot of Wigeon and Shoveler. I had a about a dozen Pintail, 20 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneyes, 7 Goosanders and 10 Red-breasted Mergansers.
There were about 400 Black-tailed Godwits on the far pool and probably over 400 Lapwings. A single Spotted Redshank fed in front of the Godwits and 3 Greenshank fed alongside 4 Little Egrets. I didn't get any pictures other than those of the Grey Heron and Lapwings below.
Hopefully I will be ringing at my feeding station on Rawcliffe Moss tomorrow. I'll let you know how I get on.
Nightjar survival against the odds - with the run of days of terrible weather since this Nightjar nest started it is heartening to see that the one chick has just about fledged -- hope it now ...
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