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Friday, February 1, 2019

The frozen north, Ogden.

                                                      Frozen water

                                     The last water hole
             Frozen Alders looking nice but no good for birds




                                       Robin in the snow
                                                      Dunnock
 Not often you get Robin and Dunnock feeding in harmony together
                                  Only enemy at present is the weather


1500 hrs with the fog gone and snow stopped coming down I risked a trip to Ogden where luckily Ogden Lane and the car park had been gritted so apart from the 4 way traffic lights on the main road, everything was straight forward and not too busy.
                                                       The water was 90% frozen over with just one small water hole left holding the Mallards and a few small gulls.
The west bank Alders remained frozen with again no birds present there other than a few Robins, Dunnocks and Wrens whilst 2 Siskin were mobile high up in a pine tree by passerine alley.
                                                    A steady flow of Common gulls headed high and >SW along with 3 Herrring and 5 Lesser Black Backed but no goose movement today.
                                                     Back in the car park the Chaffinch roost was at an all time low for February with just 16 present and no Brambling whilst the unusual sight of a Robin and Dunnock foraging together for food showed just how hard times are getting for them but hopefully a thaw is on its way after the weekend.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Tough time for birds Bri. Hopefully we will soon get through it though a nice grebe would be a bit special !

Brian Sumner . said...

Need some unfrozen water first Dave. I have,nt checked the state of Mixy yet.