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.
Bewick's Swan - Cygnus columbianus - Photographed at Slimbridge WWT, Rushy Pen hide, Gloucestershire. *Please look at my website bobswildlife.co.uk**. There is a photo of a Common Pheasant.* ...
15 minutes ago