A Busy Day

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Wet, gloomy, dark but less cold this morning as Glennis sat down with pen and paper to record the birds in the back garden, for the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.  Birds were numerous, feeding on all the feeders and on the ground.  There were 38 Redpolls at one point.  After the last two weeks when we could count up to 17 Brambling, only one appeared today.  We wondered if the slightly milder weather had encouraged them to begin to move north.  There were two Robins who were not fighting for territory, could they be a pair?

Add the kitchen window to the weather conditions and the photo taken is not of the best!


Mid afternoon saw some of the bird ringers setting up the reed bed net to catch the Reed Buntings as they came in to roost.  Only two were caught, one new, one retrap.

Brian and Peter carried out some of the weekend jobs, which included checking the water pipes and mink rafts as well as stocking up the Water Vole platforms with apples.  Jenny, Ann, Bob and friends checked the ponies, who were still munching their way through the far moor.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped today.

With overnight rain there were water droplets everywhere and the opportunity to be a little artistic.

Lichen and water droplet

Twigs galore magnified in this one.

Water droplet

The male Holly flowers are in bud.  I could just leave that statement so it looks impressive being able to identify male Holly flowers when in bud, but I won't, this tree is a male as it does not have berries.

Male Holly flowers

Blackthorn flowers first along Risedale Beck and the tree is showing its flower buds.

Blackthorn flower buds

Some weeks ago it was suggested that the writer of the weekend blogs was a little intoxicated, well there is a possibility that she may be so again.  Read on.  The Moles have been busy on the middle moor, two lovely straight lines.

Mole hills

This is the culprit - a Mole!

A Mole!

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