Rishton Res 29 Aug

Once the driving rain ceased this-morning, I headed out to the reservoir to see what had dropped in. The wind was blowing strongly with gale force gusts so getting settled in a semi-sheltered spot was slightly problematical.

Three Great Crested Grebes bobbed in the middle of the reservoir and a couple of Teal dabbled in a sheltered spot close to the railway track. There were a few Canada Geese present but within half an hour several parties arrived - probably pushed off other feeding areas in the vicinity. A total of 303 Canada's and a single Greylag were on the far bank by the time I left.

The flock of Linnets that's been present for a few days still numbered around 25 but the number of Pied Wagtails had reduced from a peak of 16 to six. There were no signs of any waders at all but a few juvenile Herring gulls had joined the juvenile Lesser Black-backs as well as a single Greater Black-back. Numbers of Black-headed Gulls was down but they could have been dispersed around the area.

There have been a few other scarce gulls in the area of late so with  a bit of luck I'll connect with one here soon.


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