Feeding the birds

The past few days I've been making sure that there's been plenty of food in the back garden. At least ten Blackbirds at one time in the garden and eleven Goldfinches. The Redpolls have been fairly regular again with up to five at any one time including three unringed birds. The male Reed Bunting is regular in the bottom corner of the garden and the numbers of Chaffinches are increasing.

Down on Rishton reservoir, there is a gap in the ice maintained by around 150 Canada Geese. There were 22 Coot there yesterday and lots of gulls, at least 2000, coming in and out from the tip for a drink and bathe before going off to roost at Fishmoor. Nothing unusual in amongst them though.

The weather seems to be getting milder (when out of the wind) and hopefully we'll have a bit of respite which will let me dig my car out and get it up the hill tomorrow!

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