Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Melting.

No photos today, and very little birding....

A short walk to the coast path first thing had 2 Fulmars investigating the cliff ledges for the first time in months. A subtle hint of spring to come....Offshore 2 Shelducks flew south, also the first for ages, since their return from the heligoland moulting grounds...

The snow is thawing hard today but our landscape is still very white. Tomorrow is supposed to be even milder so maybe we'll see the back of the white stuff. We haven't had a 'green' landscape around here since 24th November and the Dickensian scene is now wearing very thin indeed.

I'm now planning for the New Year....

3 comments:

Steve Gale said...

Looking forward to more great artwork and further moth wonders from you Stewart. All the best!

Birding Ecosse said...

Funny you mention spring, that was in my mind yesterday with the warmer weather, then took a reality check that we are only just entering the winter period up here! Good grief it's going to be a long winter.

Stewart said...

Anon - Who? Yes we had the thaw on the coast here 11th - 19th but that only extended as far as the A1. I am not talking about localised thaws. From Boulmer radar base looking west it has been white solidly since 24th Nov. Places like Shilbottle and even Alnwick have never been snow free. I would like to see a 'green' view west. Today despite thawing now for 2 days about 80% of the landscape is still white. Hopefully we will have more green than white by the weekend...

Steve - Thanks...Moth wonders?

BE - Oh yes.... but I am awaiting the Winter Aconites coming into flower, usually by about 20th Jan....