Sun, Snow, Cloud and Rain

Saturday, February 13th 2016

There was not much missing from the weather today, except some warmth!  Hats, coats, scarves, gloves and wellies were the order of the day with hot cups of tea and sausage rolls!  Just as the nets were raised there was a short sharp snow hail shower.  Although it was quite obvious when you were out in it, taking a photograph of it was another matter.  The white fuzzy look is the snow!

Snow shower over the Junipers and heath

At the same time the sun was shining!

Sun shinning over the heath

Of course after the precipitation there were water droplets everywhere.  Privet berries are still to be seen, obviously not the first choice for the birds to eat.

Privet berries with water droplets

Hidden in the dry stone wall mosses are growing, and they caught not only the water droplets but the snow too.

Moss with water droplets and snow

Back in the ringing room, net rounds were carried out regularly.  The squawk boxes were needed, but required a little attention.  Leanne was given many words of encouragement as she tried to find the Lesser Redpoll song, rather than the Nightjar!

Leanne attending to the squawk box

For once the forecast was correct and the snow/sleet arrived at 11am, so the nets came down.  Although they were only raised for a short time, and not many of them, 84 birds of 10 species were recorded.  Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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