By morning 10 inches of dry powder snow lay, so the first job of the day, just before the birds came in to feed, was too dig a clearing for them, which resembled a pit by the time I had finished :-)
Most of the day was spent at the window again, observing the comings and goings of the local birds, much the same birds visited as yesterday ( see that list) but five new species came in today, one was the COAL TIT (28) good to see it back again, another was a GOLDCREST (29) a WREN (30) also visited but probably the best was a superb male BULLFINCH (31) it's deep pink breast looking stunning against the snowy back drop, and a lovely looking SONGTHRUSH (32), this is only the third month this year that this species has been recorded in my garden. The monthly garden species total has already reached 25, better than all other December totals except last years, and i'm only 2 days into December!
I did venture out today, but only got as far as the Tree Nursery and Greenhouse Complex, as the snow was so deep it just kept filling my wellies up! I decided to have a skywatch, as very little was in the snow covered vegetation, just a few GOLDFINCH, another Bullfinch, some DUNNOCKS and a Wren.
I only stayed half an hour, as the wellies were useless at keeping my feet from freezing, wont wear them out again! Some good sightings were had though, 4 SKYLARKS (33), 2 GREYLAG GEESE (34), 2 CANADA GEESE (35) 3 LAPWING, a KESTREL (36), 4 PHEASANTS (37) plus both COMMON GULL (38) and HERRING GULL (39), but the real bonus birds were the 3 COMMON SNIPE (40) that went over, a pair calling and a single. Later whilst back at home another Snipe went over, 4 for the day! This is just the second recorded from my house, that really is something, as i'm normally doing well if a get 4 a year!
With most of the snow now fallen, we can expect a slow thaw, flooding and freezing fog over the next few days :-) Hopefully though I should be out for a full patch walk on Saturday.