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03 January 2010
Another walk along the Reeds Path

A walk on the same path at high tide is a feast for the senses. Gulls and oystercatchers 'surf' the waves onto the seaweed and shingle. Curlews can be abundant: at one count, sixteen curlews took to the wing at once.

Redwings feed around the field — they're similar in size to their cousins, song thrushes, but can be distinguished by the red flashes under their wings, and the light stripe above their eyes. These 'Viking invaders' visit our shores only in winter, then return to Scandinavia in the spring. Meadow pipits, small brown birds with fine beaks and olive, streaked underparts, bob among the grassy tussocks near the shore. There are still one or two bramblings around, and you may enjoy the sight of a brightly-coloured goldfinch. Goldfinches can be lured to the bird table by nyjer seed, but you will also see them eating seed from long stalks at the field's edge.

Young countryside explorers may be interested to see the deer tracks in the fresh snow, weaving along the 'people's path' and around farmers' fences.

 Photo credit: www.rspb-images.com