The expected storm system came in overnight, the winds were not as bad as forecast, but the rain was! Below is a photo of the fields to the front of my house, totally waterlogged.
The rain eased from very heavy, to just plain heavy around 08:30, so I thought I'd venture out for a quick trip to the lake area - as todays full patch walk was called off.
On the way there the rain came on strong again, and I just kept going, head down, trying not to step into one of the large muddy puddles that had formed in every hole, dip or hollow. The wet woods were now just one big pool, which had overflowed onto the footpaths, I had no choice but to wade through the ankle deep water and was thinking maybe I should have stayed at home!
Anyway, upon reaching the lake, which was now as full as I have ever seen it, all I got for my efforts was a CORMORANT, and the COOT, now on it's 7th day stay. After a quick scan of the lake edges, I squelched off back home - a frustrating last day of a frustrating month.
Much of the day was spent watching the garden feeders, and quite a few birds were making use of them. Best of the bunch were the pair of SISKIN, and the returning BRAMBLING.
Below is a photo of the 12 port feeder, crammed with hungry birds, with more waiting for their turn. Not a very clear photo, it was almost dark!
The month ended with a total of 60 species being recorded, the 3rd highest of the nine years, so it wasn't entirely disappointing. However, the combined total for all nine February's is now 79, so maybe a few more species could have been anticipated. On the other hand the mean species total for february is 59. In all, a very mixed February.