Just myself and Chris Brown fancied a “little” trip out last Sunday,we wanted to clear up a few of the long lingering birds at Leighton Moss and to catch up with the harder to see species in the area. A not too early start of 7-30am had us at Sizergh Castle (just in Cumbria) by 8-55am and already there was about 20 birders watching the 4 Hawfinch that were present. With a supporting cast of Nuthatch and Green Woodpecker it all made to a good start to the day. The weather had been a little misty on the way up but it gradually burnt off as the sun got higher and the day turned reasonable for early March. Next stop our watchpoint over the Eric Morecambe/ Allen Pools area from Warton Crag, a Marsh Tit was soon calling and fleeting views were seen of this fairly scarce bird. A kindly soul dropped by and told us of a perched Merlin visible from the hides and we managed to pick the bird up, all be it a little distant. Out on the marsh the Great White Egret was seen near a Little Egret for a nice size comparison. We began to check out all the geese to try and find yesterday`s reported Greenland White Fronted Goose and try as we may ,were not successful all day! At Moss House Farm, adjacent to Leighton Moss, the seemingly resident Glossy Ibis was seen in the second field from the road. The bird seemed quite oblivious to the nearby clay pigeon shoot that was going on. As we visited the Allen hide we saw the Merlin again and 2 Spotted Redshanks at the Eric Morecambe hide, nice birds these. We visited the main hides at the moss but didn’t add anything to our tally. Time for a visit to the harbour at Heysham,we had to battle our way through the traffic in Lancaster(we really missed Steve Brown’s wonderful comments about the traffic in this city) As we arrived in Heysham lots of “worm drowners” were strewn along the harbour wall, so, at least the tide was in. Firstly we saw 30 + Twite with a single Goldfinch and a couple of Linnet but, upon checking the wooden jetty for 30 minutes we were unable to see any Purple Sandpipers again. This years bogey bird me thinks. Nice day out and home for tea by 5-00pm.

Regards,

Ozzy

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