Prior to visiting I had been watching the Lancaster Bird Club sightings which a few days before included a Little Egret and female Marsh Harrier at Leighton Moss RSPB, which I noted as targets together with their Bearded Tits.
We arrived at Pine Lake, where we were to stay, about half an hour earlier than planned so we headed for the area to the south end of Leighton Moss RSPB site, only about three mile away, where I understood the Eric Morcambe hide was located and seemed to have seen some action. Unbelievably the first patch of marsh we drove past, there was the Little Egret. (I understand there are now three)
So it was a good start, and back the the lodge to check-in.
We stayed at Pine Lake in one of the lodges, number 51 to be precise which was first class. I had never realised how warm and comfortable these pine lodges are.
The lodge was on the shore of Pine lake and with good numbers of Goldeneye, Wigeon, Goosander, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Coot, Canada goose, Mute Swans on the water and Treecreeper, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Buzzard, around the lodge there was always plenty to watch, even from the armchair.
We planned to see as much of the area as we could in the following week.