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  • Blog Post: Sightings

    Today the Lilian's hide seems to have been a good one for sightings. We had two marsh harriers (a female and a juvenile) displaying well here and a Cetti's warbler was heard calling from the willow scrub behind the hide. There were also eight snipe and two goldcrests reported. The bearded...
  • Blog Post: Sightings for the start of September

    Today we had two reports of a kingfisher, one at the Public hide and another at the Lilian's hide at 2.40 pm. I wonder if they were as colourful as the fish we have busily creating today for next week's Kendal Torchlight procession??! At the Public hide a juvenile water rail gave away its...
  • Blog Post: July is a quiet month apparently

    Hello! Well the weekend has flown by so I thought I would update the sightings from the last three days. Our red deer are still out in force and there have been up to four calves around now, which is great to see. Stags have put in an appearance too, one in particular with a very impressive head of...
  • Blog Post: Bloomin' Amazing!

    My New Year's resolution is to make sure that I get out on to the reserve every day - I've been missing out on so much in the last couple of weeks. But in the meantime I still get vicarious pleasure from reading the sightings book which visitors and staff have been adding to daily. One particular...
  • Blog Post: Early bird catches the worm! (And a host of other delights too)

    Hello again! Well what better way to start a Sunday morning than a 5am alarm and a stroll down to the salt marsh pools. After initially cloudy weather with some light drizzle it brightened up quite nicely. Down on the salt marsh pools the long staying and sometimes elusive spoonbill was showing...
  • Blog Post: Check out these chicks!

    I’ve just had the most AMAZING morning. Very wet, but truly AMAZING! We’ve just been to visit one of our marsh harrier nests in the reedbed. Not only that, but we installed our live feed camera there too, so you can watch it for yourself! ( http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss...
  • Blog Post: Talon-tastic times!

    There are some wild and entertaining antics on view now at Leighton Moss. Young marsh harriers have started to take to the air and are thrilling visitors with their playful flights. We’ve been eagerly anticipating our young marsh harriers appearing and it’s very exciting to see them...
  • Blog Post: Happy in between Christmas and New year bit!!

    Well the cold frosty weather is now a distant memory and we have been reunited with our old summer friend.....rain! And there has been plenty of it too, it is definitely welly weather, with most of the paths on the reserve needing at least waterproof boots as a minimum and maybe even a canoe in certain...
  • 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: The reserve is alive, with the sound of warblers

    The sun has been shining (well in between the odd shower, but it's certainly a start). Apologies for the lack of recent sightings updates in the past week, we've been having some technical difficulties, that are hopefully resolved now. Down at the Eric Morecmabe and Allen hides, a little gull...
  • 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: 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: More Marsh Harriers!

    There’s more marsh harriers every day! On Saturday, 3 fledglings were seen from Lilian’s hide and someone reported seeing one of the parents performing an aerial food pass to one of the fledglings, plus a female marsh harrier was seen taking food to her nest in the reeds, also from Lilian’s...
  • Blog Post: Today's sightings

    The marsh harriers have been displaying well today - we got some lovely flights on our Wednesday Walkabout this morning from the Public hide. The red deer continue to enjoy the reeds and flag iris seed pods, and there is now a new display in the Tim Jackson hide with lots of interesting facts about the...
  • 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: Soggy Sightings

    Let's face it, it's been pretty grim for the last few days, but our wonderful wildlife has not failed to disappoint us. The few people that have braved the weather over the past couple of days have been treated to some great otter sightings. One was seen yesterday from Public hide, and then again...
  • Blog Post: Mid week sightings

    Well the past couple of days have certainly been better weather than we've had of late. Some showers, but nothing like the epic rain we've been having lately. The sun in the sky has brought with it visitors who have seen all manner of wonderful wildlife over the past few days. The spoonbill...
  • Blog Post: Fledging time!

    Hello! I hope you have all been following our fantastic marsh harriers on the web cam? They can only be a few days from fledging now, and they have been trying out their wings and exploring the vicinity of the nest site. These fantastic raptors are having a great year so far, and this particular nest...
  • Blog Post: Fairly recent sightings...

    I haven’t been out much lately, what with preparing for and travelling to interviews so I am even more reliant than usual on other people’s sightings as I write the next couple of blogs. First I am going to start with some fairly recent sightings. Stand by for the up to the minute sightings...
  • Blog Post: Playing the waiting game!

    They say persistence pays off don't they? Well I can vouch for that, over the last couple of days I have persisted in my pursuit of that much coveted Cetti's warbler photo and I got one!! Granted it's not the best photo in the world but I'm quite pleased after they have taunted me for...
  • Blog Post: Roll on July!!

    It is hard to believe that June is nearly over, and with July fast approaching our red deer on the reserve should be producing more and more offspring. The one calf that has been seen is performing well, leaping and bounding around full of the joys of err summer I suppose you could call it. The...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Barn storming wildlife

    There is nothing quite like a walk in this mixed weather to blow away the cobwebs, and every walk is made all the better by a nice helping of fantastic British wildlife. This morning was no exception, as I set off from my home in Carnforth just as it was getting light and made my way to the reserve....
  • Blog Post: A very special morning...

    The changing of the clocks last week made a 4.30am start all the more difficult this morning as I set off for the weekly bittern watch with the stars still out! But my efforts were certainly rewarded with some fantastic bittern behaviour at Barrow Scout fields! On my arrival at the usual listening...