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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Herring gulls and Mallards

No sign of any thaw as yet.
A striped sky midday

More cloud about today with just short periods of blue and looking like snow at one point but managed to avoid it.
The sky was strangely striped at lunchtime but the temperatures remained below zero.
Mallards were in evidence this morning with 5 seperate small groups , between 3 and 7, moving in several directions, probably searching for unfrozen water. The resident Mallards from the Station Rd pond have moved on since it iced over even though the owner is trying to entice them back with food.
By 1500hrs Herring gulls were moving over >W in ones and twos continuing until last light when also 3 red head goosanders went over >N probably to the Oxenhope roost if there is any water unfrozen.
Lynda today said why do birds struggle here in Queensbury in the worst of the weather when they could go lower down to a milder climate and less snow, ? good question, answers on a postcard please , or a comment will do.
Come to that, why do we stop in Queensbury?
BS
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