I decided to have a trip out this morning and travelled through the Yorkshire Dales over the Pennines and to the Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve near Morecambe Bay.The sun was shining with a temperature of 10°C with some wind keeping the temperature down.I got out of the car to the sound of a Chiffchaff then as I headed off to Allen Hide there was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling.I located it and soon after heard then saw a second bird.There were several Sedge Warblers in full voice and overhead I saw three Swifts, my first ones this year.
At the hide I counted 35 Avocets, but the stars of the visit were seven Spoonbills, not to mention a Great White Egret.Also here Black-tailed Godwit,Pintail,Shoveler,Shelduck and Teal.All the birds took to the air as a helicopter passed close by giving chance of some flight pictures.
I then went on to the main reserve picking up Marsh Harrier,Little Egret, Little Grebe, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Gadwall,Great Black Backed Gull and several other common species.
|Great White Egret|
|Spoonbills take off|
|Spoonbills at Leighton Moss 5/5/2017|