Rishton Reservoir 10th March

After the run of fine days, I thought that it may have been possible to get an early summer migrant, but no.

However, 30 Curlews on the far bank along with 36 Lapwings and 4 Oystercatchers were signs of things to come. The grbe count was down to seven but a pair were starting to display in the middle of the reservoir and the Black-headed Gulls are starting to get their full dark hoods.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers drummed regularly in Cut Wood and by the yacht club and one was in the garden. We're going to have the final ringing session tomorrow before Mark heads to the Farnes for six months - no trees there!

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