Rishton Reservoir WeBS 16th Dec

Today's Wetland Bird Suvey of Rishton Reservoir didn't pop up too many surprises though there were goodly numbers of Tufties and Goosanders. In fact 15 was the magic number for both those species and also Coot, none of which were colour-ringed unfortunatley.

Canada Geese are still absent - not sure if that's a good or bad thing as they used to attract a few other birds in with them, however the Mute Swans numbered eight and the Black Swan was present again.

A nuthatch was calling in Cut Wood again and a Great Tit was giving a few snippets of 'teacher, teacher!'

Back home the blackbirds have polished off all the apples and I've finally got round to making the fat cakes. Plenty of finches still coming down as well as the regular Grey Wagtail. This-evening I watched the gulls passing by the back of the house on their way to roost. Only around 400 - 500 large gulls, a fraction of previous years numbers when I could count thousands.

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