As I walked in to work this morning, for the first time this year it was at last evident that the blackness of the night was beginning to be pushed back by the first glimmers of dawn, and by 07:20 there was just enough light to see a GREY HERON fly over the College Grounds as I passed through.
On walking home again, the light seemed to have only increased marginally, and a steady rain was falling, I've run out of adjectives to describe the drabness of the weather of late, it's just been day after day of dullness...........
I only went out for 40 mins this afternoon, enough time for a wet and muddy walk to the lake, see the MALLARDS and MOORHENS then walk back again, one afternoon I will find something different on the water :-)
The rain, the mud, the gas cannons, all got to me today, I am in dire need of some inspiration from somewhere.......... I sought refuge at home, watching the garden feeders, i'm just as likely, if not more likely, to find a Brambling at the feeders as elsewhere on my patch, and who knows maybe even an overwintering Blackcap may turn up. Alas neither was seen, although 15 CHAFFINCH, 11 GOLDFINCH and 14 GREENFINCH did give some hope of attracting down a Brambling yet. Unfortunately regular SPARROWHAWK attacks kept the birds away for long periods............it just aint my day is it :-)