Thursday, 9 December 2010

The freezing weather is still just about hanging on, although it only felt cold today and not very cold :-).

With the lake under inches of ice, as it has been since late November, it is becoming frustrating not to include any wildfowl on the months list. Ok I'm only likely to get Mallard, but the occasional visitor does show up at times :-)

So it was a walk over to Migrant Alley and the Tree Nursery today, where not very much was seen at all, the continued presence of SNIPE is always good to see on my patch, two were in the Tree Nursery, but not much else here apart from the dozen Pheasants. Migrant Alley had just about the same as yesterday out on the Sheep pasture, the best species being the two LAPWING. As I scanned around the sky, I again caught sight of a COMMON BUZZARD just about where I saw it yesterday evening, maybe it is using the Wet Woods as a roost ? That's where it seemed to go into.

Apart from that it was the usual BLACKBIRDS, WRENS, DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, PIED WAGTAIL, and some of the other common resident stuff that I could have better views of in my garden ( and it would be warmer!)

Less cold temperatures are forecast for the next few days, so maybe the lake will de-frost a little, lets hope so.

I took some 'Tit' photo's from the garden feeders before leaving for my afternoon walk, anticipating that I was unlikely to find anything to photograph out on patch.
Above BLUE TIT and below GREAT TIT

Below is the western sky as I walked home


Phil said...

A positively balmy 5 degrees or so tomorrow Warren. That should get things moving again hopefully. Nice pics today, i'm sure that was the same sky I saw from here today:-)

Derek Faulkner said...

The longer I looked at your sky picture the more it looked up-side down but having done a handstand on my PC desk I can confirm it looks no different the other way, so must be just me!
Had 2 Barnacle and 2 Whitefronts with the Greylags on the reserve this morning.

ShySongbird said...

Glad you had no ill effects from yesterday's 'freezing vigil'! Well done with the Buzzard and the Peregrine yesterday too.

I particularly liked the shot of the Blue Tit today.

Kelly said...

...a spectacular sunset...if you can pull any good out of the cold!! Also...from the comment above, I'm impressed that Derek can do a handstand on the computer desk :-)

Warren Baker said...

Kelly, there is a lot that Derek can do that you would be impressed with :-)

Derek Faulkner said...

It was difficult trying to work the mouse with my teeth though.

Warren Baker said...

Not that hard Derek, You can remove your teeth :-)

Anonymous said...

"Less cold temperatures are forecast for the next few days, so maybe the lake will de-frost a little"

That`s what i`m also hoping for up here, Warren.

Derek Faulkner said...

Warren, the teeth had fell out as I did the hand stand and with the arthritis in my feet I'm also wandering if walking on my hands might be a better option

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
You got very ncie pictures, and I love the oink-blue sky ;-)