BACK ON THE RIVERBANK

Goosander, River Ribble at Ribchester - an approachable bird with no primaries

AFTER A LITTLE EGRET WHILST FEEDING THE DUCKS WITH ALEXANDER YESTERDAY I decided to resume my series of riverbank walks along the Ribble at Ribchester. There were more birds around than I was expecting and although the egret did not reappear I did manage a Common Whitethroat in Himalayan Balsam (it is useful for something after all!) opposite Balderstone Hall, a kingfisher, four linnets, nuthatch, a couple of buzzards and a Goosander. Butterflies included two Speckled Woods. I had also been listening to 'The Jam at the BBC' album recently, which has a live version of 'Tales from the Riverbank'. I like to get away from it all there.

House Sparrow - Ribchester still has several small flocks of these lovely little birds!