Sunday late afternoon was spent walking around Branton Ponds. There was a good selection of duck and a large flock of greylag geese. There was an amazing flock of 450+ lapwing, 9+ little grebes and at least 7 goldeneye. There was a good selection of warblers especailly close views of garden warblers and blackcaps feeding on raspberries and brambles.
A merlin was sitting on a fence post north of Mindrum on Monday night.
There was a good selection of autumn butterflies on the River Aln at Lesbury. These included red admiral (2), painted lady (1), wall brown (3), green-veined white (many) and small tortoiseshell (5+).
I will try to add a few more species over the next week or so. Forgot to mention a juvenile cuckoo at Biddlestone on Friday and 2 pairs of whinchats with a fledged broods in College Valley on Thursday.