Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Eglingham Burn

A walk down the Eglingham Burn produces a range of different species.  It started with 6 wheatears (Greenland race) in an arable field (Shipley Lane) with a white wagtail and at least one pair of lapwings - all birds were still there in late afternoon.  Upper section held cuckoo (1), blackcap (2), lots of willow warblers and chiffchaffs, treecreepers and several brown hares.  A grey squirrel and peacock butterfly was spotted in woodland east of Eglingham.  There were good numbers of roe deer, brown hares, lesser black-backed gulls, redstarts as well as dried stem of centaury species in a wet flush.  On the lower section redstarts were ever present and yellow flag iris, marsh valerian and meadowsweet were coming into leaf.

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