Monday, 30 June 2008

Stonechats cannot be found

Heysham Obs

Middleton IE
Grasshopper Warbler - 2 reeling
Stonechat - no obvious sign
There have been NO suitable conditions at all for any Red-veined Darter to fly in so far this summer!

2 Spoonbill Leighton area

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Juvenile Stonechats surprise

North Harbour Wall
Gannet - 15
Black Guillemot - flew towards Heysham Head - unusual
Med Gull - 2nd S
Eider F out
Shelduck 6 'in' - one flock

Outfalls and Red Nab
2 adult Arctic Tern
1st S Little Gull at 1230
Sandwich Tern at 1600.
About 600 Black-headed Gulls split between the Outfalls and Red Nab plus 100 mixed Herring and Lesser Black-backed.

Middleton Industrial Estate
Two very young Stonechat but no obvious sign of adults, presumably dispersed from nearby 'waste ground habitat. This is the first time for a few years there has been any suggestion of breeding in this area. 2 Little Grebe feeding 4 chicks. 30 House Martin (including some newly fledged). Grasshopper Warbler reeling plus one young one (& a lot of actual grasshoppers!).

Grey Seal 1

Conder Pool: Avocet.
Leighton Moss: no sign of Cattle Egret or young Gannet; 2 Spotted Redshank; 3 Greenshank, including colour-ringed bird; 5 Common Sandpiper; 1 Little Ringed Plover. Two Spoonbill Leighton.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Routine, but did it fly over here?! See 'Elsewhere'

Heysham Obs
NHW sea watch 0805 - 1055 hrs
Gannet - on arrival 8 blogging in outer Bay then nothing until 0940 hrs 1 out + 2ad in and 2ad out were possibly the same, c20 mins apart; 1030hrs imm in (3 1/2 hrs after high tide): Total 3 in & 3 out.
Fulmar 1 out 1000hrs
Sandwich Tern 1 in 0945 & 1 out 1015 were possibly same
Mediterranean Gull 2nd S feeding on sea with BHG's
Common Tern blogging
Shelduck 6 out - one flock

Grey Seal and possibly same earlier in the harbour.

No sign of Black Guillemot

Stage 2 outfall; morning
Med. Gull - 2nd summer - possibly the above, possibly the extra bird seen Thurs pm.
Common Tern - 1 ad
Kittiwake - 2 1st S
Black-headed Gull - 1 juv

Everyone's top of the list for a new species for the area finally made it today = Cattle Egret on the Allen, then Lilian's, then Public hides from about 5pm. Perched in trees at the Moss sites. Also 3/4CY Gannet frequenting the pools! Ad Hobby Aldcliffe.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Another grey miserable day

Heysham Obs
Sea watch 0830-0930 hrs NHW
Gannet 9 out (5ad +4imm)
Fulmar 1 out

Outfalls Stage 2
Arctic Tern 1
Little Gull 1st S

Outfalls/Red Nab late pm
Med Gull - one 2nd S
Black-headed Gull - leucistic bird
Kittiwake - 1 1st S
Common Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 2

No sign of Black Guillemot am, not looked for pm.

Barred Straw new for the year

Grey Seal off NHW am

Two Spotted Redshank Leighton Moss area along with 2 adult Greenshank (one ringed in Aberdeenshire).

Two second summer Meds

Heysham Obs
Red Nab roost late afternoon
2 x 2nd summer Med Gulls virtually together, one presumably the north harbour wall bird
1 x 1st S Kittiwake
1 x Sandwich Tern on outfalls (unusual)

Earlier in the day, seawatching was dreadful with just:
2 x Arctic tern
2 x Common Tern
...............passing by or remaining briefly on the outfalls

Nothing individually of note - see LDBWS site for Swift postings

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

One less Grey Squirrel

Black Guillemot

Kittiwake 1st Summer

Grey Squirrel Moneyclose Lane - DEAD

Leighton Moss/EM Pools: Female Garganey, 2 Greenshank, 24 Knot, 2 Dunlin, Avocets, Common Sandpiper.
Conder: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper.
Glasson: 1500 Knot.
Fluke Hall: 2 Whitethroat.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Aah - lots of baby birds

Not baby birds:
70 Swift and 3 Sand Martin feeding and moving steadily northward (ahead of the forecasted rain?).

Baby birds:
Today's Common Bird Census and Constant Effort ringing revealed the following Heysham/British Energy site born and bred youngsters -
On the reserve: Lesser Whitethroat, Wren, Song Thrush (red-listed), Dunnock (amber-listed), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
On the power station: Starling (red-listed), Swallows (amber-listed) still in the nest, Pied Wagtail.

Still singing (i.e. holding territory) on the Reserve: Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet.

Red Nab
400 Black-headed Gulls and c100 larger gulls.

At least 15 fluffy juvenile Herring Gulls on the warehouse roof.

North Harbour Wall
Female Wheatear at sandplant gate
Sandwich Tern blogging
22 Swift NNE
Female Eider in

Monday, 23 June 2008

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Blowin' a gale....

....and not much else - yet. So far (to 13:15hrs) the only items of interest have been:

2 Arctic Terns seen on the drop tide. Fulmar at 13:00hrs
Large willow tree blown over along Moneyclose Lane.

NHW 1430 - 1730 hrs
Arctic Skua 2 in 1550 hrs and then over Centrica towards the harbour; ran down to harbour to intercept and never saw them again.
Kittiwake 1st S flew into harbour.
Common Tern 1 in harbour.
Swift 1 in-off, 2 out later
Dunlin 8 out

Middleton Industrial Estate
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull on the Model Boat Pond

Jenny Brown's Point: Red-throated Diver, Arctic Skua (d.m.), 1st S Kittiwake, Fulmar
Pilling Lane Ends: Glossy Ibis (15:00hrs)

Saturday, 21 June 2008

NHW before the rain set in

Black Guillemot inner harbour.
Sandwich Tern 4 blogging
Swift 10 in-off East

Middleton Industrial Estate
Mute Swan, Mallard with 2 chicks, 4 Coot with 4 chicks, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 20 House Martin, 1 sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Swift

2 Spoonbill at Leighton Moss, 2000 Knot at Conder Green.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Heysham NHW

The afternoon visit was about as quiet as it gets apart from Black Guillemot in the inner harbour.

Stage 2 - Juv Black-headed Gull

Thursday, 19 June 2008

First for reserve?

Feast your eyes on this little brown job which John Girdley photographed on Sunday (15th). This "widespread and common throughout the British Isles" moth is now on the Heysham list and has the grand name of Glyphipteryx thrasonella (who makes these up?). It feeds on rushes and flies in the sunshine during May to August. The specimen in the photo will be on display in Heysham Nature Reserve office tomorrow. Bet you can't wait to see it!

On the down side, no-one was on site today to witness any Storm Petrels and there must surely have been some.
R. Conder: summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

Sea watch 0900-1000 hrs

Great Skua 'out' close in to end of wooden jetty
Gannet 5 in 8 out
Fulmar 7 in
Kittiwake 6 out
Arctic Tern 1 blogging
Sandwich Tern 7 out + 1 blogging
Black Guillemot on sea below wooden jetty

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Dismal day

No bird news from Heysham or elsewhere today (so far, anyway). Very heavy rain and poor visibility seem to have dampened birdwatcher's spirits plus the main man has absconded to Norway.

Moth news isn't much better. In the hut trap were such delights as Heart and Dart (8), Shoulder-striped Wainscot (7), Ingrailed Clay (1), Light Arches (1), Mottled Rustic (2), Buff Ermine (1) and a depressing sign of impending autumn - Dark Arches. At least the plague of Large Yellow Nuisances haven't manifested themselves yet but they're imminent....

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Black Guillemot in the hole?

Heysham Observatory
North wall
Nothing seen

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Med Gull - the north harbour wall 2nd S was flying about at high tide
Sandwich Tern - 3 on Red Nab
Whimbrel - one on Red Nab
Grey Plover - 1st S Ocean Edge saltmarsh
no Knot at high tide

Included first Light Arches of the year, two worn Shaded Pug and a Grey Pug

Just 220 Knot on Cockersands Point at high tide (& none at Heysham - have they gone?)

Monday, 16 June 2008

Black Guillemot puzzle

Heysham Obs
Its several weeks since two Black Guillemots were seen with one perceived to be a 2nd CY. The 'resident' bird is spending a lot of time right inside a crevice on the wooden jetty before returning to the nearby water. This was observed today. What is happening?

North wall lunchtime
Black Guillemot - one as above
Med. Gull - 2nd summer, definitely the wintering 1st W of 2007/8, on the railings etc along the north wall - great photo ops. before it loses its head colour.

None flying at all at Middleton model boat pond lunchtime, not even Black-tailed Skimmer - too cool & windy

TWO Spoonbill still (or did they disappear for a few days) at Leighton Moss on Griesdale, plus 4 Little Egret. Also Osprey in area.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

"Pretty dead"

Heysham Obs
........was the verdict of the birder spending a few hours at Heysham this morning. No offshore Gannet passage as yesterday and no sign of the north wall Med!

Outfalls/north wall
Black Guillemot - in the harbour mouth
Sandwich Tern - c10 offshore
just c50 Knot on Red Nab today

Middleton IE census
This included two Black-tailed Skimmers, away from the usual model boat pond, in the central marsh and a male Broad-bodied Chaser on the no-swimming pond. More details later.

A Black Kite was put on the pager at 1125hrs relating to a 0625hrs observation over Heversham Moss, then flying up the Lyth valley. Quail still present Marsh Lane, Heversham & seen in flight this morning. 21 Crossbill next to the steep hill between the Summersgill turning and the Botton Mill junction at SD645638; these flew north down the Hindburn valley. Later another ?smaller flock heard in the opposite direction in Thrushgill plantation (& Siskin, Lesser Redpoll). Note that Thrushgill plantation main track is still operational on weekdays.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Highest Gannet count of the year

Heysham Obs
Subtitle: 'should have done an earlier seawatch'

North harbour wall seawatch 1050-1220
Gannet - 34 out, including an initial flock of 13 close inshore which prompted the seawatch! Just two which appeared to be full adult.
Sandwich Tern - 8 out
Med. Gull - 2nd S patrolling the north wall, after earlier being on Red Nab
Black Guillemot - briefly around wooden jetty before disappearing into a hole thereon

Red Nab high tide roost am
Sandwich Tern 2 adult + 2 blogging offshore
Knot 165
Curlew 74

Another Shaded Pug, otherwise the usual suspects with Shoulder-striped Wainscot still in second position after Heart and Dart

A visit to Leighton Moss reavealed some odds and ends around - e.g. Osprey past JBP with a fish, 2+ Little Egret still around. The Marsh Lane Heversham Quail has been showing occasionally without any "need" to use tape lures.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Med Gull returns "for the winter"?

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall
Black Guillemot still present in harbour mouth a.m. but not seen afternoon/evening
Mediterranean Gull - 2nd S 1900hrs. patrolling
Knot - 160 skeer opposite Sand Plant Gate - no adults.
Linnet - pair at Sand Plant

Stage 2 outfall
Black-headed Gull min. 250.
No sign of any Knot, but tide not far enough in during late afternoon check

Grey Seal off north harbour wall

Shears new for the year

Quail heard again along Marsh Lane, Heversham (pm)

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Black Guillemot connected with again

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall 0900-0915
Black Guillemot - in the harbour mouth, then below the wooden jetty; also there late in the afternoon (per pager)
Sandwich Tern - 3 'in' together

Red Nab/outfalls 0915-0930
Good number of gulls for this stage of the tide but nothing notable e.g. Med.

[R-C Starling Inskip, c30mins drive to south: SD453380]

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Cool north-westerly blast

Heysham Obs
North wall/Red Nab/outfalls
30 minutes early morning on either side of the harbour +/- reading the paper logged a negative for Black Guillemot (a lot of boat/dredger disturbance), a distant Cumbrian Gannet and absolutely nothing, albeit at an unhelpful stage of the tide, on the outfalls.

Red Nab late afternoon tide
Med Gull - moulting adult with inner primary missing on at least right wing - probably one of the two the other day
Knot - 587 in non-breeding plumage - unprecedented at this time of year - see discussion on LDBWS site via Links

Garden Carpet was new for the year (cue mirth from suburban trappers). Heart and Dart & Shoulder-striped Wainscot the most common moths at the moment

Two Crossbill over Rigg Lane, near Quernmore. NNEW Leighton area.

10th June 2008

Heysham Obs
By far and away the best record from today was a 1st summer Med Gull with a red darvic. This was on Red Nab in poor afternoon light and was impossible to read - so much so I forgot which leg it was on! Also c210 Black-headed and 6 1st S Common Gull. Black Guillemot not searched for.

A major milestone today. A Figure of 80 moth in the trap whilst I was actually there! This species has been just about annual in recent years but remain scarce in north Lancs. Dearth of Cinnabar so far this year - ragwort removal is regular in this area, including certain individuals on the reserve.

An astonishing c10,000 Knot estimated at Sunderland yesterday but no sign during long-range scans along Middleton Sands from OE foreshore at high tide. NNEW on Spoonbills from Leighton Moss.

Monday, 9 June 2008

A low-key day of work!

Heysham Obs
Apart from being rumbled at last in a 'give me some money' spam [Dear Sir: It has come to our attention that you are an alien.........], it was a fairly quiet day with a couple of excursions to look at dragonflies and the tide.

Middleton IE
Several [5-6] Black-tailed Skimmer & 4-spotted Chaser on the model boat pond plus a glimpse of a smaller dragonfly, presumed teneral/female darter. Taken to task off-line for suggesting that teneral darters by the model boat pond at Middleton at this time of year are most likely to be Red-veined. This is based on eight years of observation where all darters until June Week Three at the very earliest have proved to be Red-veined at this site. This does not mean that there cannot be exceptions and this will obviously be the case if last summer's weather prevented pairing and ovipositing (the flying window suggests that they should have had time)! Therefore the original statement was not dogmatic. Lets see how this week, with its unfavourable temperature forecast, pans out.

Dog walk-track/pond
This refers to the 'landscape strip' running from the cream building towards Ocean Edge.

14-16 4-spotted Chaser
4 Emperor

225 Black-headed Gull outfalls but no sign of any Meds or terns
Harbour mouth not checked. Single 1st summer Knot on beach.

Male Black Redstart singing from building-tops in NEW STREET, Lancaster, opposite the 'Junior Library'.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Kittiwake surprise & Black Guillemot seen again

Heysham Obs
The bird interest today was limited to a short visit by Mark Prestwood. This follows a National Moth Night which should have ended after the moorland session at about 1145, followed by a decent nights sleep and then wide-awake overnight trap checking & some birding, instead of being in sleep-deprived zombie mode for much of the day. The post-midnight 'sheet and lighting' was on a par with waiting at Aberdeen airport for the Citril Finch fog to clear - a complete waste of time. Interestingly, in retropect, we should have stayed at the original trapping site high on the Ward's Stone fell road [e.g. 7 Fox Moth, Northern Eggar, Glaucous Shears, Dark Brocade, Narrow-winged Pug, Red Twin-spot Carpet (strictly a moorland species in this area?) by 1115hrs, but another half hour or so might also have produced Grey Scalloped-Bar & Light Knot Grass], instead of trying to be clever and also include what turned out to be temperature-inversed lowland woodland later in the night. Hindsight is always stunningly logical. Thanks to Ian Savage and staff for giving special permission to use the fell road.

North harbour wall
Kittiwake - surprisingly an adult decided to follow a freight ferry into port - usually a midwinter phenomenon, especially at low tide!
Black Guillemot - in the harbour entrance early morning
Sandwich Tern - 2

Unproductive at low tide with no Meds.

Moth traps
The hut trap was highlighted by a Figure of 80, just about annual here, plus a Narrow-winged Pug. The actinic trap set in the marsh produced what was the first record for the site of Silky Wainscot [sorry, misidentified from pic. as Obscure]

Middleton IE dragonflies etc.
Colin Whittle's census was highlighted by a teneral darter spp. next to the model boat pond which was lost in tall vegetation. This is very early for Common but would be spot on for Red-veined. Hopefully a hot sunny day next week will produce the goods at this long-established breeding site. Black-tailed Skimmer emerged in force with 8 males and one female all on the model boat pond. Scattered throughout were: 9 Emperor, 59 4-spotted Chaser and plenty of the three common 'blue' damselflies with Large Red reaching the end of its emergence period (just four seen). The 'etc.' included Large Skipper, Small Heath, but no Wall Brown which have had a reasonable spring on here compared to other recent years

By far and away the best local NMN moth which I know about was a Clay Triple-lines taken at Linda & Alec Greening's garden at Dalton near Burton-in-Kendal. This is in VC60 but also in Cumbria -its a third vice-county record but may be a new county record if that makes sense!! A phone conversation included the description of Leighton Moss as "quiet", other than two Spoonbill.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Bottle-nosed Dolphin highlight

Heysham Obs
Autumn is here. A supposedly routine scan from Ocean Edge foreshore, concentrating on the outer end of Heysham 2 outfall as the starting point for a gull count, revealed a passing Bottle-nosed Dolphin and a flying Ad Med. Gull in the foreground. Another ad Med. was at rest alongside the outfalls and a 1st summer was flying about with 2 1st summer Common Gull for comparison on the seaward 1/3 of Stage 2 outfall [2 x Ad & 1st summer Meds Stage 2 outfall]

On the negative side, continued disappointment with the Black Guillemot situation, with no sign of any birds this morning. If, and it is a very, very big 'if' something was happening in one of the harbour wall holes [the wooden jetty seemed to have been deserted for as the main focal point for some time], the highest ones were (just) flooded by the SW wind-pushed tide two days ago. The previous day had seen extremely agitated behaviour by the male IN the harbour.

Two Mother Shipton moths "nailed" for NMN day/night on Middleton IE, along with a Treble Bar. The Friday night moth trap catch does not qualify for NMN but included first of the year in the form of Dusky brocade, Flame, Ingrailed Clay, Setaceous Hebrew Character and a Buff Tip i.e. (very) routine species! More notable was a high count of four Shaded Pug.

Unexpectedly impressive with a single (?) Bottle-nosed Dolphin making its way out of the bay in front of the freight ferry 'Shield', a Grey Seal off the north harbour wall (by no means a routine sighting) and another freshly dead Hedgehog on Moneyclose Lane along with an unseasonal and unwelcome (live) Grey Squirrel. Finally a stoat crossed the road between the office and entrance gate.

Two Spoonbill Leighton Moss area (following just one reported yesterday). 20+ Clouded Magpie Moths trapped at Dalton (near Burton) on sheet and light last night! Adult Long-eared Owl on a tree-shaded fence alongside the conifer plantation next to the Lower Lee fell road just before dusk but no squeaking gate calls from any young when in audible range for a short period just before midnight(2+ Short-eared Owl further up the road).

Friday, 6 June 2008

Ornithological doldrums but another county first in a North Lancs moth trap

Heysham Obs
Just about as bad as you can get at high tide with one distant Manx Shearwater the star of the show. Black Guillemot seen in the harbour mouth in the morning, but no sign afternoon. One Sandwich Tern the only other transitory bird worth mentioning. Little Grebe & 3 young on fence pond, Middleton.

A reasonable catch highlighted by a late Least Black Arches (rare here). Also single Shaded Pug, Foxglove Pug, Poplar Hawk-moth, Broom, Rustic Shoulder and 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, a very common moth here.

A little windy and cool at Middleton IE with no sign of any Black-tailed Skimmer or darters on the model boat pond. Two Emperor and about 6 4-spotted Chaser casually noted on other ponds

Lancashire's first Saxon moth came to light in more senses than one as a j-peg was received by the county (micro) moth recorder of a capture near Haweswater last week. Nothing of interest found on the pager/LDBWS site yet i.e. no news on Spoonbills, Ospreys or Xbills.

Thanks for the late info!

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall
A late message saying the Black Guillemot was still present

Red Nab/outfalls
c100 Black-headed and c15 Common Gulls

Eyed Hawk & Latticed Heath of note

Grey Squirrel and freshly dead Hedgehog along/on Moneyclose Lane

Nothing as far as I know. NNEW (to me) re-Leighton Moss.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Earlyish morning megadross

Heysham Obs
"Highlight" of the morning was two flocks of Canada Goose totalling 38+24 trolling around but never seen to land in the area. Presumed breeding Water Rail on Middleton IE the afternoon highlight.

North harbour wall 0845-0930
Sandwich Tern - 1 out
Black Guillemot - one in harbour mouth doing nothing (c/f yesterday)

Red Nab/outfalls
Black-headed Gull - 205
Common Gull - 17
NO terns

Hopefully some decent insects later........

Middleton IE
Insects rather poor but 4-5 dragonflies, thought to be teneral darter spp disturbed by a visiting naturalist. c10 4-spotted Chaser and one Emperor.
Water Rail - At least two birds (adults) in/alongside the new reedbed in the western marsh - surely a breeding registration of some sort - also 'squealing'.

4 Spoonbill Leighton Moss area. 15+ Crossbill next to Tower Lodge this afternoon. Ad Long-eared Owl on roadside post at dusk Leck Fell, but no squeaking young (they fledged very early this year). Osprey Leighton Moss early morning and a perceived adult (perhaps the same) SW over Morecambe Stone Jetty towards Aldcliffe.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Autumnal build up on the outfalls!

Heysham Obs

Ocean Edge foreshore 0910-0940
Gannet - 3 out and across
Sandwich Tern - 4 out (none at the roost)
Common Tern - one S2 outfall
Arctic Tern - 2 S2 outfall
Black-headed Gull - 113 S2 outfall/Red Nab, c10% adult
Common Gull - 11 S2 outfall/Red Nab

5 Devon Carpet, 2 Beautiful Snout, Lunar Thorn, Oak Hook-tip, 6+ Pale Prominent, 6 Alder Kitten, 6 Square Spot, Lime+Poplar+Elephant+Small Elephant Hawk-moths etc. etc., Lord's Lot wood SD536705ish 2200-2340ish last night. 3 Spoonbill & Osprey still Leighton Moss & area

Monday, 2 June 2008

Change in Black Guillemot behaviour

Heysham Obs
No seawatching this morning

Red Nab
2 Sandwich Tern

Black Guillemot defending the platforms in the SW corner of the harbour against feral pigeons & appearing very agitated [definitely not 'display towards' as two years ago]. Not seen this before.

Moth trap
Highlighted by Broad-barred White, also another Shaded Pug

First Lancs Devon Carpet moths (2) trapped at Lord's Lot Wood near Over Kellet last night. 5 Spoonbill Leighton Moss EM Pool. 2 Osprey Leighton Moss. Hobby hawking for one hour Leighton Moss pm. 20 Crossbill Trough of Bowland in larches near 'Trough bridge' [& several at coastal sites, indicating bit of an irruption]. The Thrushgill birds yesterday were more than the perceived one-two pairs present since at least early January could have produced in the time!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Little Tern reward......

Heysham Obs
......for Mark putting in hours of seawatching during the weekend mornings

North harbour wall 0600-1000
Arctic Skua - DM out towards the Lune at 0607 & one in at 0912. Conceivably the same.
Little Tern - one in, close inshore, with Arctic Tern at 0835. Just about annual & all records in last three years have been tagging along with Arctic Tern flocks
Arctic Tern - 11+14+1 in (first with Little Tern) - late for passage flocks
Sandwich Tern - 10
Manx Shearwater - 1+4 in
Gannet - 24
Guillemot - 4
Black Guillemot - one below wooden jetty
Red-throated Diver - sp in

Red Nab
5 Turnstone
3 Sandwich Tern

Moth trap
Following the first last year, another of the range-increasing Lime Hawk-moth (new tetrad records at Sunderland Point & Wennington in recent nights), the first Common Wave and Clouded Border of the year and further examples of two local specialities, Treble Bar [which is abundant here] & Shaded Pug [of which this is the best of a very few VC60 sites]

5 Spoonbill Leighton Moss EM Pool. Osprey lower end of Leighton Moss late morning at least. A rather odd paucity of contributions to the local website/pager etc from this area this weekend.