All quiet on the western front

With the benign weather over the country there has been little of note locally. I've 'done' the reservoir every couple of days but there's just been a single Common Sandpiper and a few Lapwings. A Spotted Flycatcher last week was a pleasant sight as it did its stuff from the hedgerow next to the playground.
At home, the finches are pigging out on the seed - a pair of very tatty, pale looking Bullfinches have started to put in an appearance after their moult but there's been no sign of any Redpolls. Juvenile Green and Goldfinches are very much in evidence as is the Sparrowhawk that regularly perches on the shed (sorry, observatory/ringing hut).
Blackcaps are still around and the odd Willow Warbler puts in an appearance. The Swallows and House Martins are still busying themselves but soon it will be time for them to head off too.
Anyway, the peace and quiet has enabled me to get on with the Lancashire Bird Report for 2008; it should be ready to go to the printers today or tomorrow and therefore out to the members by the beginning of October.


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