Saturday, 7 February 2009

Snow cover

2 inches of the powdery stuff on Sunday 1st, then 4 inches more on Thursday 5th followed by 3 inches of 'wet' snow on the Friday. Possibly some more forecast for next week?

Woke up today to see 4 Fieldfare in the garden - so I put some apples out and one stayed to take advantage. Not a good photo of the first occurence of this species actually 'on the deck' in the garden (in 13 years). Put a net up at middayday, when the main feeding activity had diminished.

Did manage to catch a fresh 5M Goldfinch (one has been knocking around on the feeders with all the other, ringed ones - was this it?), a new 6F Starling (is it the 7th of the 7 regulars?) and 2 new Song Thrushes, one a 5(F) and this one, which I am sure is a 6 but one that has not moulted as normal. Perhaps it lost some primary feathers (and regrew them) before the main moult and didn't bother to replace them then. Last bird was a new 5F Greenfinch.

All weights were within the expected range for each species for this time of year.

Ed has been out and about and found 2 of our c-r Mute Swans, before he got to Willington, where he had to check Mark's traps, etc.

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