Super-sharpened, blown-up, cropped and Lord knows what else…all nine Great White Egrets flapping past Ainsdale on Wednesday morning.
But you’ll need to squint hard, even if you click on the pic to see it bigger.
Six and (in the top centre) a tight group of three.
Apparently six GWEs made it to the roost at Leighton Moss this evening (as per Pete Marsh)…

2 thoughts on “Nine…just.

  1. The days are drawing shorter and cooler but there are plenty of good reasons to get out and about in nature this autumn half term. RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is a winter haven for huge flocks of geese and a range of birds of prey. This holiday, families are encouraged to don their winter woollies and wellies and head there to marvel at the autumnal sights and sounds on offer.
    Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager for RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve, said: “At this time of year, the nature reserve’s ancient woodlands burst into superb shades of red and bronze, whilst the reedbed gradually takes on its winter golden-brown hue. The pools are awash with great gatherings of ducks, whilst lapwings cover the grassland in their thousands.”
    He added: “The best thing about this time of year is when the wetland is dominated by large numbers of birds. You don’t have to be an avid birdwatcher to enjoy the spectacle of huge flocks of geese twisting and turning as they descend from the sky, or the swirling flocks of wading birds evading a hunting peregrine.”
    Visitors who stick around until dusk are able to enjoy views of elegant egrets and the chilling chatter of jackdaws gathering to roost. Adventurous families can build a den in the woodland or just let off some steam kicking the fallen leaves. Throughout the holidays, a seasonal quiz is perfect for families to explore the nature trails, or hire a Wildlife Explorer backpack filled with bug pots, binoculars and more, to help little ones see, hear and feel the wildlife even closer.
    Burton Mere Wetlands is open every day from 9.30am-5pm until the end of October, closing at 4.30pm from 1 November. The seasonal quiz trail is available free of charge every day. The catering van is generally present Wednesday to Sunday each week, but phoning the reserve on 0151 353 8478 to check before your visit, is advised.
    For further information on events and wildlife at RSPB Dee Estuary, visit


  2. Wild families are invited to take part in a variety of spooky activities at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve this half term holidays.
    ‘Nature Up-close’ is a special microscope event which provides visitors with the chance to get up-close and personal with some of the weird and unusual wildlife at Leighton Moss. Drop-in sessions take place on Wednesday 26 October and 2 November, between 1-3 pm.
    Families are also invited to discover the “Monsters of the Moss” during the holidays. This spooky self-led family trail will reveal gruesome and gross secrets of the creatures that make Leighton Moss their home by day and night. The event runs from Monday 24 October to Sunday 6 November in addition to the “brilliant bearded tits” family trail, which is on every day in October, drop in between 9.30 am-3.30 pm. Normal admission charges apply to non-members (RSPB members free).
    Visitors to Leighton Moss looking for some spooktacular fun this Halloween are invited to join staff and volunteers at the “Bats, Bones and Broth” events at dusk. Families can complete the ‘Monsters of the Moss’ trail by torchlight, meet real live bats in the bat cave, enter the barn of bones if they dare and then warm up by the fire. Those who dress up as a ‘creature of the night’ are also in with a chance of winning a petrifying prize. The cafe will be concocting warming broths in their cauldrons and other terrifyingly tasty treats to buy. Torches essential, broomsticks optional! This special evening event will take place on Thursday 27 October and 3 November, drop in between 5-7 pm. Cost £3.50 per child.
    Venue: RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, LA50SW.
    Contact: For further details visit or phone the visitor centre on 01524 701601.


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