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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Cold Snap

At this moment large areas of the UK have faced extremely cold weather, snow, freezing fog and all of the problems that this brings to our infrastructure.

Our wildlife on the otherhand, just gets on with it, and on my walks with my dogs, it never ceases to amaze me how hardy these creatures are.

Today I took a walk with my friend Calum over to the Chase, near to my house.

There was still a few inches of snow, but that was thawing fast so the ground was pretty boggy under foot.

We saw a lot of species including Sparrow hawk, Green Woodpeckers, Teal, Tufted Duck, Woodcock, Tufted Duck and the more common Swans, Moorhen, Coots etc.,.

Two species I was looking for specifically were Fieldfare and Redwing. We have a bumper berry crop this year, and so these birds have moved into the area and are making the most of natures larder.

They are very scittish however and tend to stay low in the bushes, so cluttered views are all that are possible at the moment.

Earlier this year in the February cold snap, the berries had been depleted and the Redwing were eating the berries thatweare in more photogenic places - this was one image from then and will have to do for now.......

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