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  • Blog Post: What's new?

    Well since Beki's last blog on Wednesday we have had a mediterranean gull at Lilian's hide on Thursday and although the rest of the wildlife sightings are similar they are still great to see! Two marsh harriers are still around, two bitterns were seen at public hide, the odd bearded tit has...
  • Blog Post: Wow what a week!

    Well I'm not sure where to start this week.... I'll start with the gems that we have had today. A great white egret has once again graced us with its presence to our delight. It was at the Griesdale pools. Garganeys have been around most of the week and were seen again today. The jury is out...
  • Blog Post: Summery sightings and hide updates

    There's been a lot of action down on the saltmarsh over the past couple of days with a great variety of waders around. 2 ruffs, a common sandpiper, 2 spotted redshanks, a green sandpiper, 11 greenshanks, a single knot, a single dunlin and 100+ redshanks have been spotted down there. Please note that...
  • Blog Post: Booming Brilliant News!

    Exciting news today, our warden David Mower heard the first booming of the season this morning! David has been out at the crack of dawn every morning since mid-February listening out for our male bittern booming, and this morning he was rewarded between 5.30 am and 6 am, when he heard it out in the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: A view from Lilian's hide

    I only had an hour before my meeting at 10am, so i decided to have a cheeky walk to Lilian's hide. And I was glad I did. The 2 female harriers were putting on a good show dropping down into the reedbed and back up again, occasionally having a playful tussle with one another, whilst frequently being...
  • Blog Post: Bittern spotted!

    I'll start with the exciting news that a bittern was seen yesterday at 11.10 am feeding at the Lilian's hide before flying towards the Public and Lower hides where it was later glimpsed. This is fantastic news as it had all gone a bit quiet of late. Today the harriers were displaying well...
  • Blog Post: Black-winged stilt pictures

    For those of you who missed our long-legged visitors on 20 April, here are some wonderful pictures of them. Many thanks to David Talbot for the use of these fantastic shots. Pair of Black-winged stilts at Griesdale hide. (Copyright David Talbot) Black-winged stilt in flight. (Copyright David...
  • Blog Post: Catch up

    Here's a quick catch up of what's been about Leighton over the last few days... Large groups of bearded tits are continuing to gather at the grit trays on the Causeway. Generally, between eight and twelve birds have been seen at a time. A black tern has reappeared and was seen at the Lilian's...
  • Blog Post: Summer wildlife sightings

    On our saltmarsh pools in the last few days we have had reported around 40 dunlins, up to 8 greenshanks, 6 snipe, 3 knots, the ever-present spotted redshanks of which there's usually just 2 seen, a common sandpiper, a green sandpiper and the solitary spoonbill. There was also a report of two kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: Bank holiday weekend sightings

    Despite some fairly abysmal weather over the bank holiday, the wildlife didn't let visitors down. One species that certainly doesn't mind a bit of rain are the otters. Otter sightings from Lower hide have been regular, but Kevin, our wonderful Information Assistant had the sighting of a lifetime...
  • Blog Post: Keep a 'golden' eye out at Leighton Moss

    It's still quite mild here at Leighton Moss, despite being late November, there was a common darter seen at Lillian's hide on Tuesday! Other than that we have had lots of our fantastic regulars for this time of year. Bitterns have been seen most days, three at Public Hide on Monday and Tuesday...
  • 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: Black tern

    A black tern has just been reported from public hide at 11 am. Have a look: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/b/blacktern/index.aspx
  • Blog Post: So ...? How did yours go?

    Just wondered if your Big Garden Birdwatch was atypical - like ours at 'the Moss'? For us the area of 'garden' chosen for monitoring purposes were the feeding stations outside the Visitor Centre. Seemed an appropriate location as we know all too well, woodland birds are constantly...
  • Blog Post: Allen hide almost there..........

    I've just been down to the Allen hide and it is coming along very nicely indeed..... ...from the inside...(with a smiling Steve, one of the hide building experts from Gilleard Bros Ltd)... ...other side... ...from the outside (with Craig another of Gilleard Bros hide building supremos) ...
  • Blog Post: Walking and wanderings

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  • Blog Post: Young marsh harriers take to the skies!

    The first young marsh harrier fledged on the 30 June and since then 5 more have flown which nearly doubles the the number that can be seen over the reed beds at the moment and we are still hoping for more to come! A number of impressive food passes have been seen and the adults can be observed hunting...
  • Blog Post: A grand days wildlife watching...

    Well, today has been a fantastic day for several reasons, the first being that despite the miserable weather at the start of the day (although, it has to be said that the plants and trees look much happier for a bit of rain), the day turned out to be quite nice. And with it came the brilliant variety...
  • Blog Post: A brighter start

    It was nice to get up this morning to brighter skies after the rain yesterday. Lets hope it continues over the weekend. The saltmarsh are looking good with continued sightings of the great white egret. A little stint was reported on Thursday with good sightings of curlew sandpipers, spotted redshanks...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Spotted redshanks and today's sightings

    Here is a picture sent by a visitor of a couple of spotted redshanks in moult at the saltmarshes early in July: Today's beautiful weather meant some good sightings. The marsh harriers were displaying well and the pink footed goose was seen at Tim Jackson again. A kingfisher was at the Public...
  • Blog Post: Valentine's Day Sightings

    We've not heard any sound of our smitten bittern making his loved ones' hearts' boom yet (profuse apologies for another terrible double pun). However, there have been lots of bittern sightings reported over the last few days. Public and Lilian's hides seem to be the hot spots at the moment...
  • Blog Post: Fancy a game of Ping Ping?

    This morning’s guided walk group was treated to some splendid views of Leighton Moss’s bearded tits , with a bittern thrown in for good measure. We were a very select gathering; no doubt the weather forecast may have put some people off. All I can say is, the weather was good, the wildlife...
  • Blog Post: The sun has got his hat on....

    ... and you would certainly have needed one today! The beautiful weather has meant a very good day for sightings here at Leighton Moss. An osprey has been seen around the reserve several times today. It was first seen at 7.20 am sitting in a tree on the island at Island Mere for 20 minutes before...
  • Blog Post: Weekend catch up

    A great white egret was about over the weekend and was seen at 8 am today at the Lower hide along with an otter. At the Public hide someone caught a rare sight of a water rail and we also had a kingfisher sighting. The remaining marsh harriers, some greenshanks and snipe were displaying well today...