Sunday 24th April 2011

Posted: April 30, 2011 in Bird Watching

Stridd Woods,Bolton Abbey,Yorkshire
Male Mandarin on the river then an incedible 4 Wood Warblers blasting out their song in the canopy,one showed really well though.Chris was in fine form picking out a singing Pied Flycatcher and he could even hear distant Redstart calls! Garden Warbler was also heard along with Blackcap,Chiff-Chaff,Willow Wabler.Then as we went into a deeper area a Tawny Owl flew out and was scolded by the Blackbird population.Out of the valley a pair of Redstart were active around a perfect site for a nest.Then Chris found a displaying Tree Pipit quite a “bonus” this bird. Towards a reservoir near Barden a Cuckoo was first heard then distant veiws of this enigmatic species were obtained.
Leighton Moss,Carnforth
A pair of Garganey,a sure sign of spring,were seen from Grisedale hide.Reed and Sedge Warblers were heard and only gave brief veiws but the Marsh Harriers were much more showy! The Marsh Tit`s at Leighton Moss have never prooved to difficult too see but when one decides to show at not much more than a metre`s distance you stay and look and admire the identification features.
Warton Quarry,Carnforth
A nest containing 3 nearly fledged Ravens and a parent bird did`nt have much room in it and was an unusual sighting of this once rare species. The local raptors also entertained us with their acrobatics.Talk about leisurely birding ,one man had sripped down and was lying on his sun lounger  with his scope nearby,laidback or what?
All in all an excellent trip with most of us seeing at least 9 migrant “year ticks”.

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