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  • Blog Post: A sunny Good Friday sightings

    The sun is absolutely cracking the flags here today, and the wildlife is certainly taking advantage of this glorious weather. Otters have been regularly spotted at Public hide. Look out for the tell-tale signs of all the water birds dashing across the pool in the same direction, it often means that...
  • Blog Post: Things are hotting up here!

    We've got absolutely glorious weather at the moment! It feels very much like spring, and the wildlife is certainly feeling it too. Our visitors have been noticing springtime behaviour all over the place and sending us pictures of the sights that they've seen. This cheeky pair of robins came...
  • Blog Post: Nature springs to life

    As the morning sun lights up the golden reeds, bird song fills the air. Hang on, it's January? There is no doubt that the signs of spring are starting to show. The mild weather has caused many birds to start singing earlier than normal. And woodpeckers are drumming on the trees to mark out...
  • Blog Post: You can have your car park back now - and there's loads to see!

    It was a slightly depressing day when we watched the tide come over the bank, for a second time this winter, last week. We had only just repaired the track from the last time! We just kept telling ourselves that we've gotten off lightly compared to the south... Anyway, we managed to rebuild the...
  • Blog Post: Leighton Moss - simply superb!

    We seem to have moved into a cold start to the winter but with the cold has come some nice dry weather which means that its a really great time to get out early to see what is about. This morning we held a Birding for Beginners walk around the reserve and we were joined by 14 enthusiastic people who...
  • Blog Post: Mud mud, lovely Morecambe mud!

    Morecambe is famous for its mud. Vast expanses of glorious mud that are an internationally important home for nature. A wealth of wonderful wildlife from tiny crabs to large wading birds thrives in the area making it the perfect setting for last night's fantastic episode of Autumnwatch . As Martin...
  • Blog Post: En suite marsh tits

    There are certainly compensations for being a residential volunteer on an RSPB reserve – non-financial but high value nonetheless. Top of the list has to be the location - surrounded by stunning land- or seascapes and wildlife to match. Here at Leighton Moss, there’s often something to entertain...
  • Blog Post: Great white vs. little

    The Public hide produced some good sightings today. Five otters, five greenshanks, six goldeneye and two marsh harriers were reported by one visitor here. Three otters were also seen at the Lower hide at 1.30 pm along with a marsh harrier. On the path from the Causeway to the Lower hide there were...
  • Blog Post: Otterly brilliant beardies

    Yesterday there were some large flocks of fieldfares and redwings - over 40 fieldfares over the car park, and later, a mixed group of about 100. A first year gannet was also seen flying inland from the Lilian's hide. We were blessed with a beautiful day for our bearded tit walk this morning, with...
  • Blog Post: Last few days' catch up

    Yesterday we had nine bearded tits on the grit trays and a Cetti's warbler at the top of the Causeway. The red deer stags were roaring noisily - some new visitors to the reserve were rather bemused! At the Griesdale hide a pair of pintails were seen along with a common gull and there were large numbers...
  • Blog Post: Spring meets Summer

    Hello, it's been a while since my last post. I have been up north for a week of wildlife watching on Fair Isle and mainland Shetland. It was great to see some of our northerly reserves again, and enjoy a differing array of wildlife than that of Leighton Moss. Spring is certainly behind up there,...
  • Blog Post: Notters finally become an otter!

    There have been lots of fantastic sightings today and one very exciting one for me! At the Lilian's hide we had a Mediterranean gull and potentially three marsh harriers - an adult female, a juvenile and possibly a male. Lots of interesting ducks at the Tim Jackson hide: teal, gadwall, shovellers...
  • Blog Post: Exciting sightings

    It's all getting busier here at Leighton Moss and it's high time we posted some more sightings - sorry for the pause since the last one. I am going to start with the Saltmarsh hides because we've had some very nice news from there: three early avocets have been seen over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Bittern by a great white??!!

    A great white egret and 80 little egrets were down at the Lower hide early this morning. We had two sightings of a water rail today, one at the Lower hide at 7.45 am and then another from the Public hide at 8.30 am, which was nice for the visitors that got a glimpse as they are usually very shy birds...
  • Blog Post: A Black Swan and a Motley Troop Briefly Including a Bittern

    On Monday, 17 September, a black swan was stood right in front of Lilian’s hide for most of the day. This Australian species is all black with a bright red bill and has unusual looking wavy wing feathers. It is likely that this bird has absconded from captivity rather than come from a wild population...
  • Blog Post: Field Notes for Summer at Leighton Moss

    By mid July most chicks have fledged. This year has been the first time that a pair of Cetti’s warblers have bred on the reserve. Inexperienced fledglings are vulnerable to predators, hunger and the weather but for the first week or two broods stay close together and parent birds continue to feed...