Sunday 21st December 2014 - Pennington Flash

Privet (Ligustrum spp) berries
Privet is very common in hedges, but we do not recall seeing privet berries before. I guess most hedges are usually cut frequently, so have little opportunity to flower, and even less chance of fruiting. However by the main car park was a section of privet hedge which must have avoided any attempts this year to restrain its growth,as it was covered in black berries.
The strong wind seemed to have discouraged most birds from the spit area near Horrocks hide. There were a few brave cormorants and wood pigeons. Mallard, coot and moorhen found some of the more sheltered parts of the flash. On the other pools were 4 herons, goosander and gadwall.
Cathy and Mike Pettipher

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