Today's title refers to the cold spell, that we are just starting, being heralded as "the beast from the east 2". The first beast in 2018 really was savage, the current cold spell is not forecast to be as bad, but the most sever we've had since then.
A ground frost overnight froze the surface water but only the margins on the ponds. The ENE wind was still very cold, but suitably wrapped against the wind, it felt quite pleasant in the occasional sunshine (although I wouldn't want to spend the night out in it!). Just a few light snow flurries so far.
Middleton Nature Reserve
I managed a full circuit today (MD)
Mute 2 adult 2+1 juvenile
Gadwall 25 (21 on Tim Butler pond)
|Two of the Teal coming in to land on the fence pond|
Little grebe 2 - both birds together again. One is still trilling, I was hoping to catch it on this clip, but it, stubbornly, remained silent.
Although it was a pleasant morning for a walk, it clearly wasn't springlike, apart from the Little grebe there were no birds singing today.
The other day I commented on how the tree buds were swelling, this female Bullfinch had also noticed.
There are routinely 6 Bullfinch in this area between the golf course and Tradebe. If they all feed at this rate, it must make quite an impact on the trees.
I thought that this was encouraging. United Utilities have done a lot of civil engineering on the southern boundary of the reserve. It is now complete and the area is now being landscaped.
|They have already planted some trees/shrubs, but also sprayed some sort of fibre over the banking.|
A quick scan of the skeer at low water couldn't locate any Brent geese
Goldeneye 1 male
The Norwegian yellow flagged juvenile Oystercatcher was back on the football pitch next to the cricket ground today
Please let me know of any future sightings of the flagged bird, particularly if seen away from this area