We've been hearing all these reports of waxwings up and down the country and in the local area and I was starting to get a little jealous as I haven't seen one since the mass influx in 2010! However, today was worth getting out of bed for, as one solitary waxwing appeared in our main car park. Surprisingly no others materialised, but this little beauty treated us to great views as it flitted between the bushes along the back next to the railway. We also had them reported on the path to the saltmarsh. If you've got berry bushes at or near to your home, make sure you keep an eye out!
Other winter treats today include a pair of bramblings at the woodland feeding station, and a flock of 20 plus siskins in the rear car park. Please note that the rear car park is now closed to cars for our work on the sensory garden to begin.
At the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides, 3 spotted redshanks are amongst the larger flocks of redshanks. A kingfisher has once again been delighting the visitors by sitting right in front of Eric Morecambe hide. They really do love the fence posts and new perch, and the wetter weather has meant the pools are ideal for fishing.
4 bearded tits have made a rather nice nice addition this morning. All had gone quiet on the grit trays, but this morning they stayed around for quite some time.
A bittern has been seen in flight at Public hide today. This is the best time of year to be looking out for these famous Leighton Moss favourites.
Another star of the show here are the otters, and they have been seen from both Public and Lower hides earlier on today. Dawn tends to be the ideal time to see them, but the beauty about winter is that it isn't light until later!
We still have at leat 2 marsh harriers around, and the male was spotted at Lilian's hide earlier. This is only the second winter that we have ever known them to stay, as they normally head off to Africa.
The great white egret is still happily spending most days down at Griesdale hide, and then flying across to Island Mere in the evening to roost with the little egrets. Look out for them at dusk, as you are watching up to 100 000 starlings come into roost. If you haven;t been over to see them yet, then come on down, they are truly spectacular this year.