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A bit of birding at last

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Work has been taking up a lot of my time over the past couple of months so the chance to nip out this-morning to Rishton Reservoir was taken and though the rain was pouring and it was dark and miserable, I still racked up the regulars including the Red-breasted Merganser that has been around for months.Robins, Great Tits and Coal Tits were all singing in Cut Wood whilst at home the feeders are very busy with Tits.

Last weekend we managed to have a quick ringing session in between snow showers and were rewarded with this lovely second calendar year male Sparrowhawk - beautiful orange breast feathers and orangy eye but some brown juvenile flight and tail feathers still present.


A walk this-afternoon followed by our now traditional Christmas Eve meal at the Aspinall Arms at Mitton methinks!

Rishton Res turns up some more good birds

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The messages on my phone yesterday meant a quick lunch hour trip had to be undertaken from work in Barrowford to Rishton Reservoir where two Greenland White-fronted Geese had been seen. Steve Grimshaw found them and a few of the locals had turned up to see them. Bill Aspin kindly gave me permission to use some of his images.
They were feeding quite happily on the west bank though the approach of a couple of railway workers in hi-viz jackets moved them up the hill and eventually down to the reservoir's edge. Not only were these birds present but there was also a first-winter drake Shoveler in with the Mallards, the usual single Great Crested Grebe and to top it all off the Red-breasted Merganser flew in but immediately dived and dissappeared!

Not bad for 10 minutes - that's what the place is like! You never know!

..and the news is that they're still present today!