Gardening weather

Fine and dry - well mostly - meant that it was time to get out into the garden and start some tidying up. Happily for us, the birds weren't in the least bothered by our presence with several Goldfinches and Lesser Redpolls on the feeders at the bottom of the garden. A young female Sparrowhawk zoomed in and perched on the plum tree whilst we were having a tea break in the sunshine whilst a Chiffchaff started to sing more regularly.

A quick trip to the reservoir was rewarded with a Shelduck - unusual around here nowadays. Seven Tufted Ducks bobbed along in the choppy waters, the breeze having picked up, and there were still five Great Crested Grebes. However, still no hirundines as yet.

I got home to the news of a Puffin found by the side of the road in Salmesbury a couple of days ago. http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/7988084.Ribble_Valley_teen_finds_poorly_puffin_near_home/
They MUST have paraphrased Ron Freethy's comments - surely!

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