Christmas birding

The pre-Christmas cheer in the way of birds continued as the Black-necked Grebe continued to skulk in amongst the partly submerged willows on the railway embankment at Rishton Reservoir - a nice bird for Christmas Day. A couple of Gadwall were also a very welcome addition to the local birds.


The Velvet Scoter at Barrow Lodge has attracted birders from all over the county - I told you they were rare in Lancashire! We had another trip over there today now that the roads were clear. It was extremely active swallowing copies amounts of fresh-water mussels before having a lunchtime doze.

Back in the garden I've now had two different Redpolls and a pair of Reed Buntings feeding on the ground-scattered seed were overdue. I'll have to keep an eye out for Brambling.

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