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JBP/Leighton Moss

Posted by Jeff Butcher 
JBP/Leighton Moss
October 10, 2005 08:01PM
Over 100 eider alongside Jenny Browns Point at high tide this afternoon. One pintail seen also, 5 merganser, 5 great crested grebe.

Leighton Moss today - bittern from public causeway, also one fem bearded tit on grit tray and water rails squealing alongside.

Jeff
Pete Marsh
Re: JBP/Leighton Moss
October 10, 2005 09:02PM
Any indications from the sightings book whether people have properly scrutinised the bushes ay JBP and the tit flocks around the reserve?
Jeff Butcher
Re: JBP/Leighton Moss
October 11, 2005 08:10AM
There was very little in the sightings book when we were there. John Wilson was at A/M hides checking waders. We saw no sign of flocks at the Grisedale end. The usual stuff was round the feeders. It was very windy in the morning and small things were mostly very low.
In the afternoon the wind dropped a little and we progressed via the causeway to lower hide. We had hoped for more small birds along that lower path. We did find 1 marsh tit, 1 goldcrest (with a bullfinch) and a couple of blue tits, but no flocks - unlike last week when there were several biggish mixed flocks.
We didn't explore JBP bushes, and no one lese seemed to be up there. It was late in the day and we were ready to pack up. We just checked out the sea and river entrance. Other than one kestrel, there were no land birds where we were at all.
Incidentally I forgot to mention two very small groups of redwings, one of 3 and one of 5, seen distantly from Grisedale. On the 10th last year I saw over a 1000 arrive in the morning.

Jeff
Pete Marsh
Re: JBP/Leighton Moss
October 11, 2005 04:56PM
Redwings..........Interesting; none on the vis yet at the usual sites and a look at th weather map shows exactly why. Just a few (Continental) Song Thrushes at Heysham.
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