Monday 17th June
Fine. Breezy at first
A party of 19 set off from a car park on right after crossing the Dock via a swing bridge.
The first place was to have a look at the Terns that nest on the rafts. Lots of chicks being fed in the wooden nesting boxes. All Common Terns identified from their red beaks with a black tip.We watched horrified as a Tern picked a chick up out of a nesting box and drop it into the dock. It was seen swimming around. One of the Terns tried to to pick it up without success. Eventually lost sight of it.
Continued to the Bullnose via a Riverside path that went behind the Flats. It was breezy on the end so didn't hang around.
Crossed a footbridge then followed a path alongside the river and overlooked it at various points.
Left the path and followed a rough path to the left that allowed access to descend to the water level and followed this to the first of 4 Pylons then returned.
The breeze had dropped by now and it was a lovely summers evening.
Some of the party retired to The Ribble Pilot for a well deserved drink after a chance to to see the Ribble and all the beautiful scenery that a setting sun gave.
Mute Swan pr
Goosander f + 5 young
Blk Hd Gull + 2 juv
Lesser Blk Bk Gull
Stock Dove 2
Song Thrush h
Pied Wagtail 1a + 1 juv