Thursday, 17 December 2009

Not much to report at all today, five LAPWING were seen on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, always a sign that cold weather is north of our area.

As I was putting on my boots to go out this afternoon, the sky went dark, and a heavy sleety rain shower set in, I waited for it to pass, and it did some 40 mins later but by then dusk was setting in, and I decided not to go out, the lake would still be frozen over anyway.

I did watch the garden feeders for a while, which were very busy, up to 50 birds at a time were feeding, but is was not as busy as yesterday, the weather wasn't quite so cold today.

I was hoping for a Brambling or maybe an overwintering Blackcap to venture into the garden, either would be good for the December list, which is stalling now on 60 species, still a mile off of last Decembers 73 species, which looks a safe tally at the moment. However this december has seen two species I didn't get last December, a Mute Swan and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, so I won't be giving up the chase just yet.

I hope to get out tomorrow, but heavy snow is forecast overnight and into the morning - i'll take that with a pinch of salt though, after this afternoons so called snow was just sleet and rain!

5 comments:

The Early Birder said...

Don't get too overconfident, if the forecast is right you are going to need snow-shoes in Kent!

Chris said...

HI Warren,
Heavy snow coming to you, that's funny for me at least..Here it is still6°C and no snow although it should come next week!

Greenie said...

Warren ,
As it happens , I've had a couple that could help you ou this week .

Pete Woodruff said...

Hope the snow holds off for you Warren, looks nice on Christmas cards though.

Lancs and Lakes Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Warren, re snow - you'll get plenty more than us this side it's as rare as Lesser Peckers here. And I hate to say it but you've mananged to give me your cold over the internet. 50+ birds on yuoor feeders is just greedy 10 would be a high score at Base Camp!

Cheers

D