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!


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!