Thursday, 22 November 2012

A walk up the Wansbeck

Today's work involved river survey work along the River Wansbeck, from Low Angerton to Wallington before the rain.  One car was parked near Wallington, where a waxwing flew overhead.  Further waxwings were in yew trees at Low Angerton along with great spotted woodpecker, tree sparrow and nuthatch

There were relatively few birds along the river corridor with the exception of small parties of teal, reed bunting (5), kestrel (2), cormorant (1 imm), siskins and lesser redpolls.  Bizarrely a snow bunting flew overhead calling!  Possibly a first for this part of the County!  Small numbers of freshwater white-clawed crayfish were found, althougth most had been 'scrunched' by otters.

A patch of giant hogweed was found - this will have to be dealt with in 2013.

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