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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A day of mixed weather and few birds

Overnight snow left Queensbury with a light covering this morning which froze over briefly before thawing.
It was a grey morning followed by thick fog at midday which lasted till 1400hrs then a brief period of brightness before the grey skies reappeared.
No winter thrushes on the move today that I could see and, other than the norm, 6 Mallard flew over >S.
The garden at lunch time was packed with House Sparrows and Starlings sampling Lyndas home made fat cakes and oat cakes which I must say look tasty enough to eat ourselves.
A Robin and 2 Dunnocks pecked away at the Nyger seed on the ground, which reminds me, I must take some Nyger up on Soil Hill to try stir a bit of interest. The west slope where the soil meets the heather seems to be the favourite spot and that is where DJS got the last Snow Bunting.
Once the top soil is down it would be an idea to keep chucking some wild flower seeds about to see if anything can be encouraged up there.
After all, it was feeding the birds up there that got me the Purple Sandpiper, if I had,nt gone up to the feeder that evening Id have missed it.
It was nice to get Phil Cunningham in the garage with his car today, thats a good advert to come from Flamborough to the garage. I asked him if he,d like to come back and bird over here instead of living at Flamborough Head and strangely he said no! theres a suprise.
BS

3 comments:

Nick Carter said...

Does your garage have a courtesy car Bri?

Brian Sumner said...

No courtesy car Im afraid Nick, we,ve looked into it but insurance is ridiculous. Best I can offer is I,ll lend you my bins and a map of the Dailie fields, that should keep you quiet for a couple of hours.

Nick Carter said...

Sadly I was thinking more about getting to work