24/03/2013 – The snowy aftermath!


Today was bitterly cold again, and I only got round to a quick wander round Wheata Wood. This time there was little to see, except for a finch flock on Hill Top Lane around birdfeeders, that included the usual species (including the chaffinch above) and a single female siskin, and another flock of around 20 or so in the wood itself.

Still no bramblings around this year – in the previous two winters there’s been a large chaffinch flock with three bramblings mixed in, but this year the flock never formed any significant numbers. I was half hoping to see one among the birdfeeder flock but no joy.

Apart from that practically nothing. Hard to think in a few weeks the very area I trudged through today will be full of the song of chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat and blackcap, and swallows will be swooping overhead…


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