The weather was much kinder this afternoon, no wind or rain, no fog or low cloud, just the normal high cloud, with some occasional bright bits thrown in!
I spent the first 20 mins of the afternoon back on the phone to the local council, trying to track down the Tree Presevation Officer, which to my delight I managed to do! I even got as far as getting a date with her ( my natural charm you know) We are to meet next Tuesday afternoon to visit the all properties with mature Oaks in them, to discuss the situation. I then needed to email her with details of the trees that I wanted to protect, and this is the daunting bit - I have to explain why I want them protected, and indeed are they under any threat in the first place, if so from what ? saying that they are good for wildlife is not good enough, I have to find what good are they for the local residents, all very off putting, but ive emailed her with my opinions.
I lost more time walking the lane and counting the number of Oaks trees I wanted preserved, over 70 in all, on 4 properties ( I dont do thing by halves!)
I finally left for a quick walk over to the lake, but only had an hour before dusk fell, not surprisingly I found very little, the high point was seeing the Lake was almost free of ice, only the second time this year! Just 2 MALLARD and a GREY HERON were enjoying the water though.
I really need to get focussed again on my birding, it seems to have 'drifted' somewhat this year, so i'll put more effort in from now. :-)