A Winter Spring Clean

Thursday, December 29th 2016

Again it was a cold morning, apparently -3 on arrival. Everything was crisp. As the morning went on the temperature edged slowly up, to melt most of the frost clinging to trees, and grass. Only the shaded areas stayed with a white coating.

Today was a tidy up sort of day. We swept the workshop, removed tree guards that were no longer guarding anything, and tidied various areas.

Mike came in to check water levels

.... and Pete and I repaired the Sand Martin Shed roof as the wind recently had started to peel it back .

I did not see the Crossbills on the Larch; however visitors informed me that they were still around…. I have to put one of yesterday’s blog pics back on because they are superb, taken by John Hayden.

Redpolls were all around the field centre, especially on the nyger feeders.

Thanks again to Mike and Peter for their assistance today, and to all the volunteers that I have had a privilege to work with over the past year. Roger and Jennifer will see you in 2017.  Tomorrow the reserve is open as normal.  Over the holiday weekend the reserve is open on Saturday and Monday, 10 until 4, but the Field Centre is closed on Sunday.


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