Although the weather forecast threatened rain and poor visibility, we took ourselves up to Leighton Moss mid-week. Its about an hour’s drive away.
We had to return a bird-feeding station for the garden we’d bought there a couple of weeks ago. It was a very nice one in natural wood but would have been far too big for its allocated space. The hangers for bird food look just fine where they are now on the trees. The garden birds aren’t complaining at any rate, judging by the rate they’re getting through their suet blocks and peanuts.
So much for the weather forecast! It was a lovely day: quite warm and sunny. And that’s not a usual combination for NW England in February.
Leighton Moss is an RSPB reserve (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). It is situated on the edge of Morecambe Bay and in the Arnside and and Silverdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The reserve contains the largest reedbeds in North-West England and is home to some rare birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. All of which we have seen at various times.
On this visit we took the path from Lillian’s Hide along The Causeway and through the woods to the Lower Hide:
We saw marsh harriers, cormorants, herons, teal, shovelers, pintails, gadwall and loads of coots. Once again we did NOT see an otter . Otters seem to appear whenever we leave the hide. Maybe next time……