Our third L.O.S. Fieldtrip of the season took us to Leighton Moss RSPB, always a popular destination for the Society and Guests. With travel arrangements made, the group of 16 gathered as planned just before 9am on the RSPB Leighton Moss car park. Conditions favoured us, in the eye of the storm so to speak. Slightly overcast with intermittent bursts of sunshine, but more importantly deadly still. This would help with the quest ahead.
|Rogues' Gallery minus 3 (c) Anne Johnson|
|Blue Tit and Chaffinch Face Off (c) John Preston|
|Marsh Tit (c) Anne Johnson|
|Keith Williams feeding a Robin (c) Mandy Robertson|
Sixteen of us stood by the reedbed opening and waited. Some fifteen minutes passed and nothing, and as one of our members would describe, remarkably birdless.
|Teal (c) Martyn Jones|
|Drake Pintail (c) Graeme Robertson|
|Mute Swan in Flight (c) John Preston|
|Cheeky Robin (c) Mandy Robertson|
|Female Bearded Reedling (c) Paul Pennington|
|Male Bearded Reedling (c) Anne Johnson|
|Marsh Harrier (c) Paul Morgan|
|Lapwing (c) Martyn Jones|
|Did you spot the Dunlin in there? (c) Graeme Robertson|
|Goldcrest (c) Keith Williams|
All in all a fabulous day out. Target achieved, along with some 66 species. Leighton Moss is always worth the effort. So on that note, we mustn't forget the social aspect of these trips which are aimed at various levels of birding knowledge and which are filled with the usual great humour. Everyone is welcome.
|View from Allen Hide (c) Anne Johnson|
L.O.S. Fieldtrips Officer