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EAST LANCS RUFF

Ruff, Alston Wetland, Longridge

A RUFF AT ALSTON WETLAND was a nice local bird a few minutes from home, when I popped out for a walk today. The wetland is looking very nice at the moment, now is a great time for rare shorebirds to turn up and maybe it will attract something else in the near future of the magnitude of the Killdeer Gavin Thomas found here a couple of years ago? I was away at the time, watching lots of killdeer in the USA, so if it happens next week it will be either Marsh or Terek Sandpiper... or Great Snipe! Also here were single Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Common Oystercatcher and Common Snipe, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and Gadwall of note. I must make the effort more often.

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LEIGHTON MOSS SHOREBIRDS

Ruff from the new Eric Morecambe hide (Mike Watson) 

LEIGHTON MOSS'S ALLEN POOL WAS FULL OF SHOREBIRDS this afternoon. Joined by Mark Varley I had some great close views of juveniles of some of the c.20 Curlew Sandpipers, ruffs and Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. Also here were four Little Stints, two Spotted Redshanks, a few lapwings, one oystercatcher and a lot of Common Redshanks. The influx of Curlew Sandpipers has been one of the events of the autumn so far and this number at Leighton is quite exceptional. Around 10 Little Egrets was barely noticed, as usual, how times have changed! This was the first time I have been in the new hides. They are the same style as the new Griesdale hide, like large greenhouses with loads of glass that doesn't conceal the occupants. I noticed this caused the shorebirds to flush a couple of times, when folks rushed to the windows or made sudden noisy movements. The window frames prevent easy viewing when standing up as well and the seats are too low so in a nutshell they were disappointing. I often wonder how much (or little) thought goes into the design of hides on bird reserves but the RSPB's move to become 'nature's home' also tells me that they are no longer interested in birders, which is a shame. 

The new Eric Morecambe hide would make a good greenhouse or a potting shed

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