Sunday, 5 February 2012


Whilst most of the ponds and lakes had a good covering of ice this morning the alleged snow fall made little impression. After an absence of a couple of weeks, the lure of my most regular circuit proved irresistible. Following the line where sand met snow a few icy crystals I spied a Grey Heron feeding on the rocks, tidal pool Dunlin and two Grey Plover returning from a golf trip all were 'new for the year' on this patch.

The icy conditions appear to have moved on many of the beach's usual inhabitants and one each of Pied Wagtail and Rock Pipit were all that remained. Up on the grassy tops three Snow Buntings crept between the thin brown grass heads deftly picking seeds.

Elewhere single Whooper Swans were at QEII Country Park and Bothal Pond, the latter site also holding a Dunlin. A walk along a field-side ditch with running water produced a Brown Rat and Jack Shit rather than the hoped for Jack Snipe.

1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

Lovely shots, seems quite appropriate to see Snow Bunts in the snow.