A lovely crisp morning and the ponds have a small amount of ice, still a few Mallards, Tufted, Teal and the pair of Swans with the last remaining Cygnet, which is starting to gain the white feathers. The large Egret has not been seen for a couple of weeks now and the Herons have also disappeared, it maybe the food is easier somewhere else.
The farmer has replaced the grey bull with a black one and he’s even bigger, see photo.
There are a couple of resident Lapwings in the field adjacent Earnse Park and with the frozen ground, food must be hard to find, but this morning one of them managed to catch a worm, see photos.
On the way down the path from the tip we often see a pair of Stonechats and this morning the male was having difficulty balancing.
Here we go again, the translucent gel has arrived, still no definitive source.
In the BBC Nature’s Weirdest Events, Series 4, episode 3, (January 14, 2015) Chris Packham showed a specimen of "star jelly" and had it sent to the Natural History Museum, London for a DNA analysis by Dr. David Bass who confirmed it was from a frog. He also found some traces of magpie on the jelly which may point to the demise of the frog.
From the size of our deposits it would be a giant frog.
The white fungus on the Chaffinches legs is still quite prevalent, the attached photo shows an extremely bad case.