Several Shelducks drop in

There were no 'hunters' at Rishton Reservoir this morning and so the far bank had some birds on it - seven Shelducks in fact. They occasionally drop in a couple of times a year on their cross-country moult migration (that used to be much more pronounced) but seven is a good number. And whilst I was there, two drake Tufted Ducks and fifteen Mallards came in.

To go along with the long-term injured Tuftie and Canada Goose, there is now a Black-headed gull with a droopy wing. I'm pretty sure who's to blame for that! I've made contact with our councillors to see what they can do.

There were 12 Lapwings and a small flock of at least 15 Linnets - it'll ne interesting to see if the numbers get up to those of last year. There were no hirundines over the water and I've only seen a couple of Swallows this weekend.

In the garden, finch numbers are rising - lots of Chaffinches visiting and plenty of Goldfinches including a flock of 16. Time to get the nets up soon, methinks!

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