Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Tales from Leighton Moss

We headed to Leighton Moss this afternoon. This nature reserve is set in an amazing area, with extensive lakes, reed beds and bird hides (and a cafe!). But it's also a great base to go for a walk in the surrounding area. We headed off on a walk before finishing back at Leighton Moss hoping to see the Starlings flocking at dusk (technically called a 'murmuration' I believe!).

Love the robins!
The area is fantastic, loads of ancient forests, limestone pavement, views of Morecambe bay from the higher ground, and views to the snow capped lakeland peaks to the North.

Cake eyes!
The walk was really beautiful and we didn't see a soul until we got back to Leighton Moss. Last Sunday on the way back from Helvellyn I'd called in here to meet Abi, and hoped to see the starlings, but we didn't see them at all.

Beautiful skies above the reed beds!

Abi surmised that at -4 it was too cold for them - I wasn't sure! We did see a kingfisher though! It's the second time in my life I'd seen one - fantastic! It had been hanging around for hours so wasn't hard to spot. The 'hard core' birders/twitchers' didn't seem impressed by it but we were!

Starlings - 1000's of them

Today we were treated to a fantastic magical display in the sky above the reedbeds. I think its one of the most amazing Autumn sights in the UK countryside. 

Amazing display looking out to the coast

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