Hello! Well that first week flew by.
It was a week full of goings on with plenty around to be enjoyed on the reserve. In terms of sightings Monday started well when I spotted a spoonbill from the train at about 7:45 am, thankfully this unique migrant has seemingly taken up temporary residence down on the saltmarsh, and has been enjoyed by a host of visitors to the reserve since.( A photo below not of this spoonbill but one of two from May)
marsh harriers have been showing well and have taken a shine to the black headed gull chicks, managing to withstand a bashing from the adult gulls in pursuit of their food for their own young!
A very vocal and occasionally showy cettis warbler has been performing well and exibiting behaviour linked with a possible nest site down near griesdale hide.
Our red deer hinds have been out and about and are seen pretty much daily from both Tim Jackson and grisedale hides, wandering out of the reeds to enjoy the fresh water and then generally lounge around in the cover of the reed bed. (It's a tough life hey?)
And a somewhat elusive garganey has reappeared to the right of griesdale hide ( finally caught up with it after a month since my last one!)
Well tomorrow i will be down at Morecambe bay for the Sandcastle festival, weather permitting we will have a marque at the event so please pop along and say hello!
A spoonbill photo from May on the reserve.
Photos of current visiting spoonbill on your flickr sight RSPB Leighton Moss taken by myself and my husband. Flickr names alfoz47 and alfoz46.
Thanks anfoz that's great!