.... Above a frosty scene at the scrub to the north of Migrant Alley.
This mornings walk to work was bone-chillingly cold, there were reports of
temps down to minus 10C in parts of kent. All this cold is doing nothing for my birding, everything is frozen solid, and all but the most hardiest of our local bird species will have moved away to escape the worst of the cold.
This afternoons walk proved the point, I walked around Migrant Alley, the Greenhouse Complex and the small copse adjacent to it. The only birds seen were a ROBIN, two TREECREEPERS (what hardy little birds these are!) 13 SKYLARK in the sheep pasture, a WREN and both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK hunting over the immediate area.
I stood and watched the sky for 20 mins or so, and saw around a dozen REDWING drop into the copse, but that was it, oh! apart from the lone LAPWING out on the Horse Paddocks, must be the same bird I saw yesterday.
It then just got too cold, my feet and fingers were burning cold, and it was only 15:30hrs! I saw 15 -20 LINNETS starting to gather at the pre-roost tree by the Tree nursery as I walked home - it looks like a tough night ahead for them.