Monday, 4 November 2013

2nd / 3rd November

A quick walk around Branton Ponds located 2 Davisons and a Tindle in their winter plummage. The ponds were relatively quiet with highlights including 4 gadwall (2 pair), 1 lesser black-backed gull, 3 herring gull, 5 goosander and a good selction of wigeon, teal and tufted ducks.  Coot numbers appear to have increased recently.  Three bullfinches and a party of eight siskins were found in scrub.

A walk around the remoter parts of the Glanton parish located honey, meadow and snowy waxcaps.  Wavy-hair grass, sheep's fescue and tormentil were new species for the parish.  Good numbers of yellowhammers (8) were located in an area of gorse. Eight greylag geese headed south west towards Caistron.

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