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Reed Buntings, Cettiā€™s Warbler & Bearded Tits

A rare still day allowed us to get out at Leighton Moss . We were hoping to catch some of up to 5 unringed Bearded Tits which are visiting the grit trays but we only caught ringed birds.  Reed Buntings though were  good with a catch of 22 bri...

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Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #2

I bet you were gripped watching last night's action on Autumnwatch , I know I certainly was! What a show - opening with the cheeky heron on the otter cam and then to see all the drama from the barn owls on the night vision camera! The adult barn owls hunt around the reserve early morning and dusk to bring in food for their chicks, which we think are a second brood. Last night's Autumnwatch showed a young barn owl, not from our brood, intruding on our roosting chicks, trying to take the food One of our chicks had a tussle with it and certainly made the point that it was not welcome!  Barn owl by John Markham (rspb-images.com) It was intriguing to watch the pink-footed geese in the south of Morecambe Bay at Lane Ends in Pilling. 20,000 of them out on the fields tucking in is a sight to behold. As Michaela said, they are a "visual spectacle and a sound sensation". They fly round in V formation, congregate in flocks in fields and have a variety of interesting calls to one another - an all round sensational species. The red deer at Minsmere were phenomenal - their large stag known as 'The General' getting into a fight with 'The Captain' was epic to watch. We have a herd of red deer here at Leighton Moss too. They are somewhat more subdued than 'The General' and his challengers, as our main rutting time here is slightly earlier in September and early October. They are being spotted regularly at Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides with the hinds (females). What about the tawny owls ? Weren't they just terrific! Autumn is a great time to listen out for them where you are. We get lots of sightings in the woods around Lower hide. Last night's show highlighted the impressive range of noises they have aside from the stereotypical "twit, two" (which is actually two tawny owls- females call the males a "twit", and the males say "twooo"). As shown last night, one of our most charismatic birds is the bearded tit . I can't wait to see the results of Chris Packham's grit experiment. Bearded tits are insectivores in summer i.e. they eat insects. However, at this time of year when there are much fewer insects available they change to being granivores (grain eaters), more specifically eating reed seed. To help them to grind up the reed seed, they take in grit (yum yum) and this experiment is looking into which size they prefer - course, medium or fine.....we'll find out later tonight, so tune in, BBC 2, 8 pm. Of course it is not just the wildlife shown on the programmes that is being spotted around the reserve. Down at Public hide, we have been getting lots of views of two of our most secretive residents - bitterns and water rails , so keep an eye out for them there. If you head down the Causeway beyond Public hide to the bridge, stop for a while to look out for one of our most glamorous residents - the kingfisher . The variety and number of fish in the main dyke that runs through the reserve (where Martin was doing his human tadpole impersonation on Tuesday) means that this is a favoured spot for these beautiful birds. We're open as normal throughout so why not come and see the drama for yourselves? There's loads to see and do in the whole Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and around Morecambe Bay. These 'Nature on your Doorstep Guides' will help you to discover more.          

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