Now back in the elements of the British Isles after a brief break away on the Iberian peninsular, it was once again back to birding and to kick start the year list. Today it was a trip up north to RSPB Leighton Moss to pay a visit to a reserve I hadn’t been to for a good few years and to catch up with the local NGB Aidan Branch.
It was overall a quiet day round the reserve with the pair of us being unable to connect with many of the reserves star birds that had been around recently: Green-winged Teal, Eurasian Teal X Green-winged Teal, Western Cattle Egret and Eurasian Bittern. The main let down for me was the absence of any European Otter, a species of mammal that at the verge of 19 I had not yet encountered.
Besides nothing of major notability, a pair of Great Egrets and a handful of vocal Water Rails was exciting as it got. But I’m sure many of you will agree with me that when your in good company, as I was in this case with Mr Branch, that it doesn’t matter you may or may not come across. Simply being out in the natural world with someone who appreciates it as much as you do is all you need to make a memorable day.
As Aidan had to depart for work I spent the last hour of daylight pondering around with Common Greenshank, Marsh Tit, Western Marsh Harrier, Pink-footed Goose and Bearded Reedling being the other species of note. In addition to this whilst in the company of Aidan we scanned a flock of Greylag Geese which at first didn’t arise anything to note, but a quick re-scan when a joined by another flock proved 3 colour-ringed birds and a party of 29 Pink-footed Geese. The single ring that could have it’s digits read “PYA” have been sent off for examination.
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