Monday, 13 December 2010

I remember back in the heat of the summer, posting a photo of the previous winters deep snow, saying how appealing it looked :-) So to even things up, here's a photo of a Bumble Bee in a Hollyhock, during the somewhat warmer days of July :-)

After work this afternoon, I spent 90 mins out on my patch in cold, damp, raw conditions, not icy cold, but that damp gnawing cold :-)
I walked through the Small Holding, finding three GREEN WOODPECKERS on a nearby large garden lawn, good to see they have come through last weeks severe weather. The Wet Woods still had ice on the small pools of water, and nothing stirred from around them, however up in the bare branches SISKINS could be heard, along with BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, which gave some brief drumming. I carried on towards the lakes, but on getting there found them to be still frozen from bank to bank, and as such, devoid of any wildfowl. The nearby scrub area was a bit more lively with a loose feeding flock of all the regular woodland birds they being : LONG TAILED TITS, Blue and Great Tits, the MARSH TIT, two COAL TITS, four GOLDCRESTS, two TREECREEPERS and two more Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

There was just time to visit the Pub Field and Tree Nursery before a dense fog rolled in and ended proceedings, which was just as well, as only a few BLACK HEADED GULLS, Corvids and PHEASANTS were seen.


Phil said...

Make the most of the next couple of days Warren,sounds like it's back to the freeze after that!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, to be reminded of last summer, that was a time. Good picture of the Bumble Bee.

Ken. said...

Hi Warren
It may not have been one of your better days, but at least you was out there looking.
As for Sunday's Blog, well done with the Golden Plover, and a good photo of the Treecreeper.

Monika said...

Ahhh, thanks for posting a picture of some flowers in the sunshine! It's a nice bright change to the gray on most blogs this time of year.

A belated congrats on the year tick the other day. I'm surprised that mallard didn't make the month list until #61.

Anonymous said...

It certainly was a dreary do of a day, Warren. Had enough of winter now.

ShySongbird said...

A much needed and welcome reminder of Summer, Warren. It is misty and miserable here today.

By the way, the Waxwings are apparently all around me here but needless to say I haven't seen them :(