Saturday, January 30, 2010

You think its cold...

...we got up to this today -





straight back a fortnight to snow and sub zero. I'm not sure if there was this much snow further south in the county? But, it was a lovely sunny day and we all had a walk up the coast to Craster for hot choc at the cafe.

There was an dearth of birdlife though with only 6 Purple Sandpipers, below, in the harbour added to my list. A few Eiders were loafing around, 6 Golden Plovers flew north and 4 Rock Pipits were with the purps in the harbour but thats about it really. At home 10 Tree Sparrows were at the feeders and the Wrens went in at dusk but I havent seen or heard the Ravens now for over a week?

After our walk I came home and had a Newton Stringer-esq rant via email at every Local Authority dignitary I could find about the diabolical road condition. Not a sniff of grit today, roads like glass, but, on Tuesday a gritter was going full bore past me on my way home from work. The problem? Well, it was the mildest night of 2010 with not so much as a frost!



6 comments:

dolly said...

hello stuart ..6 inches of snow in North Shields this morning when i awoke...

Dean said...

Them Purps are well camouflaged. Almost made me dizzy looking at em.

Bet you`re gonna tell me there`s a Rock Pipit in there as well. If there is, i aint looking for it ;-)

Bryan Rains said...

The gritters do the same thing up here. it all looks very nice but it's a pain in the ass when the car slides all over!

Blyth Birder said...

A good 4 to 6 inches here in Ashington yesterday morning as well - its not shifted in two days.

You're far from alone.

Stewart said...

Dolly - WOW, that is more than us. Been to Morpeth today ( Sunday) nowt all snow gone. Here, roads still sheets of glass.

Dean - I thought there was, but it must have been in one of my deleted shots!

Brian - Its not on!

Alan - I hope you rant about it too...

oldcrow61 said...

Wow, you have had a bit of snow haven't you! Nice pictures.