Monday, 4 January 2016

Rain, rain go away.........

The North East seems to be getting our fair share of the wet stuff and the forecast for our area does not give us much hope for the coming week.  Sunday afternoon was spent dodging the showers and 'plodging' in the mud around Branton Ponds.  The West pond was relatively quiet with the highlight being 7 Goldeneye.

The shelter of the East Pond meant that there was a bit more going on.  Two Stoats in ermine were cavorting on the path close to the sluice.  A female Roe deer was very confiding in the same area.  The East pond held good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Coot and Tufted duck.  A Snipe was flushed from the eastern end of the pond and there was a nice flock of mixed buntings (e.g. Yellowhammers and Reed buntings) and finches (e.g. Chaffinches and Greenfinches) in the trees in the same area.  Many of these birds are feeding on an area of 'unharvested crop' that lies to the east of the site.

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