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Leighton Moss 2009

The Allen HideOur second trip took us to Silverdale in Lancashire, a lovely corner of England, and a superb reserve, with extensive water, reedbeds and salt marsh, ideal for water birds and over-wintering visitors.

There are seven hides, two overlooking the marshes. One of those, the Allen Hide, is pictured, along with Little Egrets and Redshanks.

We beat our record and saw 62 species, 20 of which were new to the group list (indicated in italics).

The highlight of the day would be the variety of birds of prey, as well as some of the wintering waders (such as Black-tailed Godwits pictured) as not everyone saw the secretive Marsh Tit.

Species
Cormorant
Bittern
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon
Mallard
Gadwall
Shoveller
Pintail
Teal
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander

Goldeneye
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine

Pheasant
Coot
Moorhen
Oystercatcher
Redshank
Greenshank
Spotted Redshank
Black-tailed Godwit

Golden Plover
Lapwing
Curlew
Common Snipe
Black-headed Gull
Gt Black-backed Gull
Lr Black-backed Gull
Feral Pigeon
Wood Pigeon
Kingfisher
Gr Spott’d Woodpecker
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Redwing
Long-tailed Tit
Marsh Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Starling
Magpie
Carrion Crow
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Reed Bunting


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