Sunday, 16 January 2011

Retreating Ice

I don't want to moan. But now the ice has thawed out, can it not be so wet and windy?

As a result, I've not done much today. Just a walk round home, not a lot seen either. A rather poor effort but not easy in the conditions. On the positive side, I do now have a clean and shiny kitchen, and that really did need doing!

Yesterday was a bit more productive though, and nothing to do with a Slater-billed Gull. Presumably that gull at Rainham is named after the Slater family in Eastenders!

The two White-fronts still at Uttoxeter Quarry with the Greylags, along with 12 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 10 Wigeon. Also a good size flock of Linnets and Skylarks around, but it was a pity I couldn't get a view of them settled, in order to give them a good grilling.

Surprisingly most of Brookleys Lake was still frozen over. Which must've been a sign of how cold it must've got there, with it being quite sheltered. Just 28 Mallard, 4 Mandarins and a 1 Tufted Duck on a small patch of open water, plus a couple of Ravens overhead.

And to finish, a quick check of the feeders in Dimmingsdale. Where a Marsh Tit appeared for a short time, in addition to more usual fayre. And that's it really, perhaps next weekend will be a bit more productive.

1 comment:

Julian Bielewicz said...

Greetings Richard

You have retreating ice, we have retrating floodwaters. Not such a big world after all, is it!