Windy Weather

Monday, November 28th 2011

Blue sky and sunshine showed off the reserve early this morning.  However the wind had caused some damage overnight and remained very strong during the day.

View to the moor

The feeders at the Tower Hide had unfortunately not survived the wind and all had ended up on the ground.  Goldfinch had been seen enjoying the Nyger seed.  Even though the feeders in the back garden were being blown in the wind, birds including Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Coal Tit were feeding from them.  Now that the last of the leaves have fallen - been blown from? - from the trees, the birds are more easily seen.  This Great Tit was thinking about trying out the Guelder Rose fruits but eventually decided against it!

Great Tit in Guelder Rose

The wind continued to blow until mid afternoon.  Some Gorse bushes are the chosen site for the 7 Spot Ladybird's hibernation but the wind had not disturbed them at all!

7 Spot Ladybirds in Gorse

It was a calm end to a very blustery day, as the sun set over the wetland.

Sunset over the wetland


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