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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Lancashire no show

I was out with Andy today and as there was nothing to tempt us in the east we decided to head west and try for the long staying Lesser Yellowlegs and Wood Sandpiper at Aldcliffe Marsh near Lancaster. It rained all the way but eventually cleared as we dropped into Lancaster, we got to Aldcliffe village alright but finding the site where the birds were was something else although we eventually stumbled across it and thankfully were given directions where to best view from. We saw the two immature Scaup from yesterday as we walked out and three Pinkfeet with some Greylags but were dismayed to see the Wood Sand flying off calling loudly as we reached the site then even more dismayed to find there was no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs neither, oh well you can't win em all. After lunch we cut our losses and drove up to Leighton Moss which was fairly quiet although we saw what would be expected at this time of year, there was also a good show of Raptors with several Buzzards, two Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine about but although there were several Little Egrets there was no sign of the recent Great White, the most notable thing of the day though was the Starling roost, its been many years since I’ve seen one of this magnitude it was really impressive.
Leighton Moss

struck a nice pose just a shame it was so far away

the Peregrine was also distant

a few of these but no Great White

Red Deer Stag

some interesting fungi, Velvet Shanks

a very impressive Starling roost

made some nice patterns

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