Sunday, 22 November 2015

What a Difference a Day Makes...

A surprisingly sharp frost last night meant the floods were virtually all frozen.

A group of 15 Mallard huddled in the one piece of open water and another 20 were on the lake itself but all the other duck had moved off. A dozen Curlew were left feeding on the odd unfrozen margin.

As I walked down towards the floods I heard what I thought was a woodpecker but it turned out to be a Carrion Crow hacking at the ice, presumably to get at something it could see under the surface.

Around 100 Greylags flew over the house this lunchtime and, not surprisingly, the colder weather brought a flood of birds to the garden feeders including the first Nuthatch for a few weeks and up to five Wrens.

This one definitely living up to its old North Riding dialect name of Stoompy Tahl…

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