|Nuthatch Sitta Europaea|
What a great late morning's birding in excellent company. Lancashire and the local stretch of the River Ribble having driven over the moors from Bacup to Clitheroe to be greeted by the three Lancashire Lasses including the ever-smiling and delectable "Clitheroe Kid!" Green grass, trees in leaf, babbling brooks; what was not to like - apart from the short showers just to prove we were in the north-west of the UK? Talk about an away from home as a quartet of ABS members including Treasurer Janet Dixon, ex-committee member Linda Roberts, Kate Butler and yours truly set out to walk though the nearby woods, but no Dipper or Kingfisher on this occasion, and then on the main River Ribble. Not every lucky chap gets to be escorted on a birding walk by three gorgeous girls! And what birds we saw, both feathered and non-feathered.
|Our ABS girls abroad: Linda Roberts, Kate Butler and Janet Dixon (Treasurer)|
|Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone|
Time for some rather larger bird feeding as we sat on a bench then made our way back to our little feeding station to see what might have been attracted by the free meals provided. As soon as we arrived a female Bullfinch made the briefest of stops then disappeared never to be seen again. That could certainly not be said for the Nuthatches which returned time after time. Difficult to say how many; whether a pair or family. The pair of Blackbirds were still about and then they were joined by an adult Robin.
|Our very friendly and cooperative Nuthatch Sitta Europaea|
|Coal Tit Parus ater|
|Blue Tit Parus caeruleus watched over by the larger Robin Erithacus rubecula|
|Now the Robin Erithacus rubecula takes pride of place|
|Moulting young male Blackbird Turdus merula|
Mallard, Heron, Woodpigeon, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Wren, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Bullfinch.
|Hours spent standing around in the rain with wet feet|
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