Arrival of Meadow Pipits

A stiff south-easterly breeze meant that conditions at Rishton Reservoir were rather benign this morning. No waders at all but a sizeable flock of small birds was in the far corner. Scanning through then , I estimated there must have been at least 30 Meadow Pipits, 20 Linnets and 6 Pied Wagtails.

I was very happy when a Yellow Wagtail walked into view - I don't know if this was the bird that Steve saw a week or so ago. Probably not as it interacted with the Mipits. A Sparrowhawk caused some consternation briefly as it circled over the reservoir and the call of a couple of Goldcrests next to the promenade suggested that there were more migrants around.

I had a good long chat with the Angling Club's Water Bailiff about the amount of rubbish discarded by overnighters (including a discarded umbrella upside down in the middle of the reservoir!). He was also dismayed about the situation and would see what he could do. The water level's still low but mill probably start to rise if we get the rain forecast.

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