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Rainton Meadows (1 Viewer)


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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.

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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