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26 December 2009
Fancy an easy nature walk these holidays?

Head for the Reed Path Loop, where a flock of bramblings is busy feeding and roosting in the trees and shrubs on the field’s southern side. Look up among the tree boughs, and you’ll spot these pretty finches with their rosy upper breasts, and snowy white lower parts. When they fly, their dark forked tails show flashes of white on each side. They look a bit like chaffinches — but don’t be fooled!

The bramblings are joined along the path by old garden favourites: blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, song thrushes, wrens — and of course, cheeky robins. On Cromarty foreshore, herons keep watch, oystercatchers forage, and curlews skim noisily over the stones. There’s so much to see, and with little effort. The challenge is to watch your footing on the icy path while enjoying all that nature has to offer.

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