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great white egret
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The fabulous great white egret has been putting in regular appearances at Griesdale hide. It tends to roost with the little egrets at Island Mere (tree in the middle of the Public/Lower hide pools), so if you are around at dusk, watch for them coming in. They look like hankies in the trees when they...
16 Oct 2012
Leighton great 'uns
Every season there is something different and special to be seen here. For me spring brings the avocets , summer means marsh harriers and butterflies, autumn is your chance to see elusive bearded tits and rutting red deer stags and winter often means the bitterns and water rails are out on the ice. This...
12 Oct 2012
Extreme weather sightings and hide updates
Well, a lot of water has been dumped on the reserve this week, but it hasn't affected the wildlife. Our otters have been out and about almost daily, particularly at Griesdale and Lower hides, but cropping up all over the reserve including Lilian's hide. They've been seen at all times of the...
25 Sep 2012
Every Dog has it's day! or something like that.
The RSPB call them 'moments', an experience of witnessing a wildlife spectacle that as a result leaves you in awe. Admittedly I have had a fair few of these amazing experiences, but on Monday 27th August 2012 I was the fortunate recipient of another, and wow was it special. A morning stroll...
29 Aug 2012
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...
8 Jul 2012
Spoonbill on the shore and more
There's a spoonbill back on the scene down at the shore hides. It has been seen several times over the last few days and was reported still there today, 8 June. Also down at the shore pools there have been regular sightings of little egrets, grey herons, black-tailed godwits and not forgetting the...
8 Jun 2012
Otterly wonderful weekend sightings
Three otters were seen today at the Public hide at 9.40 am, on top of the two seen here and the group of three at the Lower hide yesterday. A Cetti's warbler was seen and heard at the top of the Causeway and near the Public hide both today and yesterday too. In the drier sunnier spells over the...
16 Oct 2011
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...
10 Oct 2011
Autumn at Leighton
If you have been to the reserve over the last week or so you will probably have heard the red deer stags's roars echoing around. This is part of the 'rut', when the males collect a harem of hinds together. The stags roar at each other as a way of challenging one another and you may see them...
2 Oct 2011
A return to summer....
Today's gorgeous weather has more than made up for yesterday's miserable showing and brought some good sightings today too. The black tern that was here yesterday is still around; it seems to be going backwards and forwards between the Eric Morecambe pools and the Lower and Public hides. The...
4 Sep 2011
Grand finale to the Deer Watches
We had a fantastic final Deer Watch this evening. Eight stags with magnificent antlers were out at the Griesdale hide, including two locking antlers practising for the rut later in the autumn, along with a hind and a calf that had almost lost its spots. At the Tim Jackson hide, we had almost given up...
29 Aug 2011
Today's wealth of wildlife
Our deer walk last night was a select group but we had good displays from the deer. We counted 11 in total - four hinds and four calves at the Griesdale hide, and one hind with two calves at the Tim Jackson hide. We also spotted a sparrowhawk perching on a post in the reeds straight out from the Lilian's...
16 Aug 2011
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