Sunday, 6 April 2008

How Many Swallows make a Summer?

This morning was quite bright and Simon and I joined a couple of the Bockhill Birders at the monument for a short while. They'd already had a couple of Swallows through, but things were quite slow. We did manage brief glimpses of the Ring Ouzel on the Lees and a Willow Warbler in the Paddock before the need for a warm cup of tea prevailed.

After a splendid Sunday lunch at the Bay Tree Restaurant, now situated in the "Cliffe Inn" aka the Garden House Hotel, we settled down to watch the snow decorate the garden. At one time the trees and feeders were packed with finches, at least 30 Greenfinches, 20 Chaffinches, 50 Siskins, a couple of Goldfinches and one almost summer plumage male Brambling. As the snow began to cover the ground and the feeders the birds finally disappeared to roost.

Looking towards the village the Church was hard to see in the moderate blizzard.

Sunset over a snowy landscape.

Just three moths last night, and nothing special. I've unplugged tonight after what happened to my bulb in the last cold spell.

A visit to the blog from someone in Venezuela brought the number of countries visiting to 100. I think that many get here looking for some very odd things, google works in mysterious ways!