Saturday, November 29, 2008


The last full day on these blessed shores (England) is nearly over and, typically, it dawned very foggy and stayed that way. I still went to the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss, Lancashire and saw a few birds, 56 species to be exact, but the trip was disappointing because Leighton Moss now appears to cater more to Robin stroking grannies and less to birders. Their book selection was much reduced in favour of pithy gifts and the like, pity really but I suppose the buyers of such things are the common denominator on RSPB reserves these days.

Earlier in the week we were in Notts. We didn't get the chance to look at birds much, no information was forthcoming on the now resident Cetti's Warblers at Attenborough so I was not able to add that one to my Notts list. Likewise a Red Kite in the south-west of the county chose to be three miles north of where I was looking for it but never mind. Rather more galling was the discovery of a Penduline Tit at Attenborough, possibly as we drove out of Notts up the A453 overlooking the place. Hopefully this smart little bird will be eaten by a Sparrowhawk before too many see it, only joking, a Kestrel or even Merlin will do!

Our trip list this time is only around 80 species and photo ops were few. Below a few snaps, I`m sure you will know what they are.

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