Tuesday 12th Dec

The ice on the ponds has thickened up to approximately 25mm, all the ducks, swans and cygnets on the long pond, have been confined to an area about ten foot in diameter. See photographs, hopefully.

Bob and Bri

Clear Crisp Day

The Isle of Man or could be the Isle of White, was clearly visible this morning and so were the mountains in Wales, see photos.

Our own mountains were covered in snow and looked very picturesque, photo taken across the field with cows in the foreground, it was cold last night but they will have to endure a colder one tonight.

We also passed a couple of Mistle Thrush on posts at the bottom end of the long pond.

Bob and Bri

Sunday 3rd December

As mentioned last week there are a couple of Jays following the feeders but only one visits at a time, and this morning we counted the peanuts eaten at each visit as follows, 12, 15 and 15, whether it’s the same or two different birds, it still a lot of peanuts.

A Cormorant was having a good wash in the fishing pond before taking off, see photos.

Bob and Bri

At the feeders

With this cold snap the birds are eager to get to the feeders and can’t wait for us to leave, see few photos of the usual suspects, we also had a couple of Greenfinches, first this season, but were very wary and did not come down to the feeders, but luckily we saw one on the way back and managed a photo.

In the past we have seen quite a few Chaffinches with legs badly infected with fungus but today we saw our first Male Bullfinch, the photo is not brilliant but the fungus can still be seen.
On the square pond, a Little Egret, Heron and three Cormorants were all hoping for an early morning catch, just managed a shot of the Heron and one of the Cormorants.

Bob and Bri