Rishton Reservoir 1 - 7th Oct

Could sum it up in one word but I think that I could elaborate on the birding to be had over the past week.

I have started a contract at what one might describe as proper work in a manufacturers in Barrowford that means no birding for me this week apart from brief dawn sessions at the Reservoir - the evenings blighted by yachts and fishing.

Still nothing of note on the water though the level is rising further. A juvenile Common Sandpiper this morning was nice to see as there have been none recently. A few small flocks of Meadow Pipits passed overhead in the clear weather. Also a couple of Redpolls and several Goldfinches - there was a flock of 24 Goldfinches at the weekend. A Blackcap had chacked in the garden at the weekend and there are lots of common garden birds visiting. Chaffinches are getting more noticeable as are the Blackbirds.

Meanwhile our newly installed PV panels generate a decent amount of electricity in the fine sunny days we've had recently.  High pressure over Scandinavia suggests some good birding may be had on the east coast this weekend. Fingers crossed!


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