Bolton Abbey,Stridd Wood,Leighton Moss & Stocks Reservoir. 5/5/2013

Posted: May 21, 2013 in Birding
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A nice early start for only two “A teamers”, holidays etc. Me and Chris got to Bolton Abbey/Stridd Wood by 7-15am and heard a Redstart singing and there, sat out in the sunshine,  it was, great start to the day! Down at river level a Common Sandpiper,Goosander and a male Mandarin Duck were seen. Along the undulating path Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap were belting out their songs. Then Chris heard a Pied Flycatcher singing and a male showed itself very well. There appears to have been a clear out of lots of low lying bushes etc, could this be one reason why we did not hear or see Wood Warbler. A trip up a new valley to us,  called Barbondale, revealed distant singing Tree Pipit and Redstart, the mist at this site did not help though! At Leighton Moss lots of the more common warblers singing in the marshes, special time of the year hearing all those sounds again. We saw fine Spotted Redshank in its summer plumage at the wader hides.Final stop was Stocks Reservoir and two Cuckoo in fine voice but, not the reported Wood Warbler. Nice day out.


Dave O.


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