Another overnight heavy frost. Overcast all day, the ESE wind was bitterly cold, but things should start "warming" up tomorrow.
ARB7399 M/O K/B
Ringed: Middleton NR SD414512 whilst on NW-SE vis mig 14/9/19 as a 1CY
Seen: Ninesprings CP, Yeovil ST557153. 19/1/20 345km S
Breeding male (x 3 young) Teviot Bridge, Nisbet, Roxburgh 159km NNE
Photo: Yeovil, ST550147 ‘recently’ to 11/2/21 504km S
|Thanks to Hilary Forward for the picture and Stephen Hales for help with the record.|
The only other stuff I have so far is my check of the saltmarsh on the rising tide (MD):
I got there a while before the water. The intertidal mud was frozen. There was a single Bar-Tailed Godwit feeding in the bottom of the saltmarsh creek. It wasn't really practical to use my camera until I was on the eastern side, which meant protection from the wind by the high bank and being able to have my back to the wind, so I took this clip of it later, just as the tide was displacing it.
Ringed Plover c50
Grey Plover 2
|Four of the Dunlin|
All the waders were having to feed where the mud was not frozen. Typically in the creek and drains, but also where ground water was emerging from below the mud.
|This groundwater was emerging too high up the cliff|
|This would normally be a pool of groundwater, too high for the water to flow, so it froze. |
But you can see it emerging at the top of the picture and then flowing down to the creek.
I actually took this picture because it looked like I felt!
This groundwater is just right, seeping out from below the mud, allowing these Dunlin access to any invertebrates.
I've removed the soundtrack, I didn't want to distract you with my chattering teeth!