Whist working in the Reserves today we have observed three roe deer (this morning in Upper and Lower Sowerholme, this afternoon as brazen as you like in the middle of the Flora Field); a heron stood in the middle of the School Pond; two song thrush in the hedge alongside Lucy Brook; four lapwings calling over the Flora Field; two partridges set up from the Flora Field.
Unfortunately I have not seen the otter family which others have seen on the canal. However whilst working at the Shed the other day a passer by stopped and showed us a video of a female and two young in the canal near Aldcliffe Road. He said he was regularly out early morning and late evening and had seen the otters crossing the Aldcliffe Road toward the Reserve and in the Flora ponds.
This is consistent with a report from one of our active members who was working on the Flora ponds the other evening and noticed a ‘trail’ leading into one of the ponds and mysterious droppings. He suspects otter.
Whilst walking on the Long Pads footpath this afternoon we saw a flock of 20 and more birds. They settled in the lone oak tree in the West Field hedge and with the sun on them we had a clear view. On returning home and consulting our bird book we are very confident they were brambling although there were some chaffinch in there as well.