Monday, 25 March 2013

Branton unsprung

Branton ponds were very cold on Sunday afternoon.  There was little sign of display amongst the ducks and geese and very little if not no song from the passerines.  Goat and grey willow were trying to open their catkins.  New growth on  shrubs such as hawthorn and elder were frosted and turning brown.  Black-headed gulls and oystercatchers were trying to get into the spring spirit but this was short lived. 

Other birds of interest included 1 kingfisher, 1 great crested grebe, 3 grey herons, 5 lesser black-backed gulls (wishing they were still in the Mediterranean) and good numbers of wigeon (80+) and goldeneye (12).  There were very few passerines with the exception of a good flock of yellowhammers (20+) and reed buntings (3) on the road between Branton and Branton Middlesteads.

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