Saturday, 6 March 2010

Leighton Moss and Surrounding area

Sizergh Castle

Leighton Moss was the destination for a lovely sunny tuesday morning. We woke up to the huge shock of a good covering of snow which meant it was a good job I left my car at the top of the drive the night before as on my way back from town the snow had started falling but I did not predict the amount of snow that we had got on the morning.

Our first stop was the briliant National Trust setup of Sizergh Castle. I know everything looks better in the sunshine but is was a stunning castle and surrounding area. Our Target bird was Hawfinch and after scanning the trees in the car park for around 20 minutes we first got the call and then got a flash of it as it flew over our heads towards distant trees.


We moved onto the Leighton Moss nature reserve where we got Snow Goose, Gadwell, GBB Gull and a good number of Pintail from the Eric Morcombe hide. The day after there was reported Great white Egret and Avocet on the reserve so we had just missed the boat but never mind. We moved onto a huge Quarry face called Warton Quarry just down from Leighton Moss and it provides a superb habitat for a veriaty of birds such as Raven, Little Owl and peregrine Falcon. No sign of the Little Owl due to its size and carmoflarge blending in so well to the rock face it would take a bit of patiance to scan the whole area. We got both Peregrine and a Raven so it was an overall success two out of three aint bad!

Peregrine on Warton Quary

Warton Quarry