Feeding time!

The sounds of young can be heard in several places around Rishton now. At Cut Wood this morning, the thrushes were busy collecting worms including this Mistle Thrush.

On the Reservoir, the Grebes were still sitting patiently on their nests and it's looking good for success. At least 72 Sand Martins were hawking over the water as well as a couple of House Martins and Swallows. Lapwings continued to stand guard over territories on the far bank - there must be chicks soon - and a single Little Ringed Plover was present.

There were just a couple of gulls. The almost resident second year Greater Black-back was attempting to swallow the reamins of a rather large fish whilst a third year Herring Gull and adult Lesser Black-backed Gull watched on hoping it would give up. I had thought that the change in weather might have brought something different along - you can always hope for a migrant tern to drop into the place at this time of year, though quite often these occurances tend to be rather transient like the Diver from last year.

Anyway, I decided to check Whitebirk Marsh again.
This Sedge Warbler was one of the three males singing in  this tangle of grasses whilst the Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the marshy area on the right of the picture above. At least a couple of Whitethroats were in the area at last.
 This afternoon its off to see another youngster - John & Charlotte's new-born son Isaac! I wonder if he'll have a mega on his life list at the age of three weeks like my son Peter? (Double-crested Cormorant if you wanted to know.)


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