Morecambe & Bolton-le-Sands

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Blackpool
the usual stomping ground

Just for a change
Morecambe and Bolton-le-Sands

Same coastline but totally different

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe

Morecambe – Grounded

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay – Waiting for the tide

Morecambe

Morecambe Bay from Bolton-le-Sands

Morecambe

Morecambe – Mountain Range Sculpture

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Hide-hopping at Leighton Moss

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Another soggy day in the North West.  Perfect for hide-hopping at Leighton Moss, one of the RSPB’s special places.

Causeway Hide, the first stop to shelter from driving rain.  The mere is full of raucous chatter and activity.  Identifying the vast array of ducks and waders is aided by brilliant pictorial guides of who’s who posted on the inside of each of the seven hides dotted around the reserve.

Leighton Moss

From Causeway Hide

Favourite sightings of the day: watching a male and female bearded tit rummaging around in the bulrushes (see clump above – they’re in there somewhere!); half a dozen snipe with their long beaks, like mini-pneumatic drills, poking into the soft mud; a magnificent marsh harrier flying over the reedbeds on the hunt for unsuspecting prey.

Leighton Moss

Teal – from Eric Morecambe Hide

With a variety of trails and seven hides, there’s every chance of the visitor seeing something awesome at Leighton Moss.

Leighton MOss

Roe Deer

Leighton Moss

Robin

 

Leighton Moss

Robin

 

Leighton Moss

Thrush

Sightings of the day (13/02/18):

Bearded Tits (M&F)
Snipe (x6)
Marsh Harrier (M)
Roe Deer (x3)
Tree Creepers (5+)
Pintail (+)
Widgeon (+)
Teal (+)
Pochard (+)
Shoveller (+)
Gooseander (M&F)
Bullfinch (M&F)