Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas ....

Today was bitterly cold and never above freezing. It was clear and sunny with an icy NW4 blowing. Until this afternoon, that is, when the un-forecast snow began to come down again and by 3.30pm it was a blizzard.

I needed to pop down to Amble this morning for  few bits and pieces so took the chance to check out the wildfowl on the Coquet estuary between Warkworth and Amble. There are lots of birds here at the moment being frozen out of their normal freshwater habitats...

R.Coquet below Warkworth Castle.

Wigeon were the most numerous with 340+ present, closely followed by Teal with 200+. In lesser numbers were 3 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, 10 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Heron, 5 Snipe, 20 Dunlin and 3 Redwing on the bankside.

Wigeon.

Back home, Jane and Heather were cooking stuff for tomorrow. Heather had made us a Christmas wreath, with a slightly different take on it, because the Blackbirds had already eaten the berries and apples from the one Jane made earlier in the week...

Bird Wreath! I'm not sure where she got the Robin from mind you ;)

Then the weather took a turn for the worse...

 Our Village Hall this afternoon...

And they say it wont be a 'white Christmas'...I beg to differ....

Merry Christmas everyone!

7 comments:

Dean said...

Merry Christmas and all the best to you & Jane for the New Year, Stewart.

That wreath is different and all the better for it, now that you mention it.
I saw on the weather forecast that snow was forecast for the NE. Very dry (and very cold) down here.

Emma Anderson said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Stewart, and thanks again fo your advice during the year. That's a lovely Wigeon picture taken at Warkworth and the wreath is very interesting too. Might try making something like that.

Birding Ecosse said...

Merry Christmas Stewart and good birding in 2011.

Dave

Djo said...

Best Wishes Stewart and Jane

Your garden has been very productive this year but I'm suprised when you use bird scarers in the window!?

Lets hope some of the wintering Bitterns make it to my patch early spring.

Warren Baker said...

All very festive looking Stewart :-)

Those Wigeon in flight look fantastic!

Warren Baker said...

Forgot to say MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

oldcrow61 said...

I love the wreath. I never thought of doing something like that. What a great idea. I see you had a lovely white Christmas. A green one here. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.