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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fieldfares on the move

                               A wintery Chapel Lane early a.m.


                                       Foxhill Park floods




A beautiful red ball sunrise which quickly turned yellow by the time I got in a position to photograph it and shortly after that it was blanked by cloud for the rest of the day leaving it dull and temperatures below freezing.
By late afternoon the wind ,as predicted, had turned to the >N and a slight thaw was apparent with the ice covered branches on the trees beginning to drip although the pavements were freezing over. A grit wagon has just gone down so thats a sign of warmer weather coming as they dont usually come out in the cold.
Just spent over 1 hour stripping and cleaning all the bird feeders, I hate that job but it has to be done if you dont want grass growing out of them, not to mention infected birds.

Active skies this morning with firstly 46 Woodpigeons heading >S probably out of a roost but an unusual sighting for over the garage for this time of year.
Secondly a flock of 38 Fieldfare came over very high in migration mode heading >NE so it looks like the first birds are on their way.
A small flock of 4 Mistle Thrush flew over >S but these could be the same locals that I had 2 weeks previous ?
Otherwise 3 LBB gulls headed >NW and several Common gulls squabbled over food.
BS

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