The raptors at Leighton Moss certainly held us in rapture yesterday. A splendid female was displaying well as she hunted over the reeds and later, at Warton Cragg, we were treated to watching a peregrine fly past and rest on a narrow ledge.
Other favourite moments were watching flocks of black-tailed godwits circle and settle, half of the time being shooed off by a lone coot (who was most certainly in a mood that morning!) and watching waders from Allen Pool which included half a dozen avocet.
We neither heard nor saw the bittern and the bearded tits were keeping hidden in the reeds (well it was a windy day) but it was still a very enjoyable morning. 'We' by the way was Chorley NATS.
The photos of the bearded tit (Titchwell) and bittern (Minsmere) are by Mike Greenhalgh. Use the link in sidebar to view more of his photos. www.mmpc.co.uk