Saturday, 23 February 2013

Branton Ponds 23rd February

A cold grey day at Branton but at least not the 3ins of snow seen in Newcastle.The west pond at Branton was quiet but the east pond held good numbers of duck including 5 Goldeneye,1 Gadwall(an unusual bird for Branton),20+Teal and 50+Wigeon.As usual the Kingfishers were much in evidence,one(male) gave excellent views in one of the small bays and a second bird was heard calling at the east end of the pond. The walk was rounded off when a strident nasal call betrayed the presence of a very smart looking Willow Tit.
Ian and Keith 

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