Monthly Archives: May 2013

Leighton Moss

A spring bank holiday weekend around the Leighton Moss area taking in The Moss itself with Gait Burrows and Warton Cragg in support We stopped at a self catering cottage in Warton known as “Culdene” a good base camp to take in the area. Highlights of the weekend Duke of Burgundy Butterfly, Peregrine, Lady Slipper Orchid, Avocets, Marsh Harriers, Broad Bodied Chasers.

For a more detailed report see the trips tab and Leighton Moss and the May 2013 tab

More Photo’s at the link

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy

Hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum

Hoverfly Eristalis Arbustorum

Old Moor RSPB

Bank holiday Monday and a great day out once again at Old Moor in glorious sunshine watching and hunting insects and keeping an eye/ear out for the birds. People a plenty to today great to see so many children enjoying nature, the birds we saw toady on the newly arrived warbler front included Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, waders making their way thru included Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin, a few Redshank, were mixed in to. On the duck front Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and Shoveler, Sand Martin overhead, Cormorants, Black-headed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan and Lapwings were on the meres. Avocets and Med Gulls were about unfortunately we didn’t see them as we were watching Oranges-tip, Brimstone and Peacock butterflies along with Crab Spiders, Gorse weevils and Alder Leaf Beetles

Day List in no particular order :-

Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Cormorant, Starling, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Sand Martin, Bullfinch, Com. Crab Spider, Gorse Weevil, Alder Leaf Beetle, Orange tip, Peacock, Brimstone

Orange tip (Male)

Orange tip

Gorse Weevil

Gorse Weevil