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Winter's arrived in the form of a Brambling

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A week without any rain, a rarity! As is Brambling in my back garden but a fine male was present this morning along with five Blackbirds munching through windfall apples as the first significant frost of the winter descended.

The cold snap brought the swans up to the Reservoir today - 10 Mute and the Black Swan and another uncommon visitor to Rishton at least, a Little Grebe. Up at Parsonage Reservoir, there was a single Goldeneye but I did catch sight of  two skeins of Pink-footed Geese (around 300 in total) heading south-east towards Rishton. there were several Lapwings in the area too and Canada Goose numbers have started to increase.

We tried ringing in the garden for the first time since the re-layout on Wednesday but the wind conspired against us. However we did retrap this male Sparrowhawk that we had initially rung in December. I had my first Fieldfare of the winter over the garden - still not many around though there weems to have been a big movement elsewhere in the past day…

A Pallas' but no Yellow-browed

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The flurry of Yellow-browed Warblers descending on the country has resulted in a good crop of records in Lancashire with records from Leighton Moss, Heysham, Fleetwood, Pilling, Marshside and Crosby. An then Peter Hornby had one at Pollard Moor between Burnley and Accrington. I had a go for that one last night as did a few other locals but to no avail. What's been more obliging has been the Pallas' Warbler in Chris Batty's back garden at Knott End - a real rarity on this side of the country and very much appreciated on a fine Thursday evening!

With all these YBWs about, there must be lots elsewhere in the county just waiting to be discovered - I'm patiently scouring Rishton for one - I could juts picture one in teh sycamore at the bottom of the garden - dream on! There was a small passage of Meadow Pipits over the house this morning and a few Redwings are about but the one thing that most locals are noticing are the number of Jays about - some continental immigrants an…

WeBS at Rishton Reservoir

Rishton wildfowl made the news in the local paper (Lancashire Evening Telegraph) yesterday. I'd received a call from the Hyndburn reporter asking if there was any evidence behind the apparent decrease in the number of ducks on the canal. Well that got me started and so we moved from one subject to the next and got onto the wildfowlers who were employed to cull geese taking a load of Mallard instead!

They got my name wrong but a follow up in the Accrington Observer next week should be more accurate.

Anyway, today was WeBS day so I made sure I located all the Mallards in the vicinity of the Reservoir - a paltry 45, eleven of which were on a flooded corner of the field adjacent to the playground. Ten coot present but none came out so that I could check them for bright plastic jewellery! Other wildfowl were a single female Wigeon, four Tufted Ducks, a wierd looking Pochard x Tufted hybrid, four Mute Swans and the Black Swan.

The Great Crested Grebes were still feeding their adolescent…