Monday, 20 December 2010

A Mere Minus 9.5 Celsius!

I made a quick dash, or should I say quick slide to Rawcliffe Moss this morning to feed. The temperature on my car thermometer was a balmy minus 9.5 Celsius! Now I know that's nowhere near as cold as it has been in some parts of the UK, but for round here that's bl**dy cold!

Tree Sparrows numbered only 88 and were accompanied by 6 Blackbirds, 2 Yellowhammers, 9 Chaffinch and 2 Redwings. I finish for the Christmas hols tomorrow and I am then off work until 4th January, so I am looking forward to nearly 2 weeks of daily birding, even it is a bit cold!

Here's a bright bird from Nigel in Canada; a Northern Cardinal. I wouldn't want to be extracting one of those with cold fingers. I have had my fingers nipped by many a Cardinal, but only when it was warm.


Peter Fearon said...

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are worse!

...I feel a game of 'My-bite-is-worse-than-yours' coming on!

Fleetwood Birder said...

I totally agree with you Peter. I would say that Rose-breasted Grosbeak is the worst species I have extracted for its'nip'. I can remember extracting one particular female Grosbeak at Long Point when Deer Flies were ripping chunks out of my forehead and the Grosbeak chunks out of my fingers!

Ghost of Stringer said...

Minus 9.5 ? Thats toasty mate !!

I went out looking for redpolls yesterday and it was feckin arctic !! - 13 according to my car !

Fleetwood Birder said...

I'm glad it wasn't -13 here! It's got up to +1.5 today, positively tropical!