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Rainton Meadows (1 Viewer)

CharleyBird

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England
Thought this might be of interest to locals. My sister & I made a trip to Rainton on a lovely day for a walk. Took about two hours to cover the whole reserve.
Highlights:

Joe's pond has pot feeders on the path fence posts near the sluice gate, and we found bullfinches and reed bunting feeding openly and really close. We just sat on a seat and they were maybe 8-10m away. We'd never seen such tame bullfinch, they are mostly a flash before hiding in trees
At the other end of the reserve at the pond furthest from the shop, our walk was rewarded with a Hobby flying over the water end to end. It continued hunting for about 5 minutes, causing much concern among the duck, lapwing, oystercatchers, pied wagtail, even the herons. A real treat to watch.
Also saw a sparrowhawk, pair of curlew, some common tern, and various waterfowl & gulls.
 
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