... of the freeze up. I haven't had a snow free day now since 19th December. Last night 2 inches fell and the temperature was -3. Our lawn is about a foot deep in snow now. Today, though, was sunny and milder than recent with a lovely clear sky. The wind is increasing to E4 which might cause some snow drift problems if it continues...
A great day wandering around the village with Bunty, with several new species added to the list...
Merlin 1 female S looked very nice uplit by the snow.
Woodcock 5+ in the Village Wood including one feeding out in the open in a ditch at dusk. Great views.
Water Rail 1 ! An unexpected cold weather bonus legging it along the ditch next to the one being utilised by the feeding Woodcock at dusk.
Brambling 1fw female at our feeders.
Lesser Redpoll 6 showing well in Village Wood.
Treecreeper 1 with a couple of Long tailed Tit and Coal Tit.
Skylarks 6 the rest have been snowed out now. Only the stragglers, maybe to weak to go, are left.
Canada Goose 1 still in the back field. Today it looks even bleaker than this. There is no vegetation showing above the snow at all now, this was taken yesterday.
I have added the full On Foot from Home 2010 list in the right hand column. It will be updated as necessary.
OFFH Total - 77
Below - Aging Bramblings in the garden. Top is todays first winter female ( a young bird essentially). Bottom is a male I first thought to be adult but now I think its probably a first winter too, also in the garden on 14th November last year. Click on the pics to read my text. It might be of interest to some one who's snowed in looking at garden birds....