Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

I was in the park on Tuesday (21st) not expecting to spot many birds so I was quite pleased to see 7 species (Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Magpie, Starling).  Only a couple of most of them, but several Sparrows.

The snow had melted and become a little slushy but the base of it was icy and a little tricky to walk on in places. Keith, the park-keeper, had salted the paths but it hadn't yet made any appreciable effect.

Hilly Fields in melting snow
Over beside the school I spotted a bird box I'd not seen before.  How did I ever miss it?  It's so obvious!

Bird box beside Prendergast
Work had started in ernest at Prendergast and the workers village was being erected by a crane that could be seen, I'm told, a couple of miles away.

Prendergast construction starts
Don't forget, we will once more be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in Hilly Fields on Saturday 29th January 2011.  I hope to see you there.

With visits to and by family and friends I'm unlikely to be in the park again this year, so
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year

Monday, 2 February 2009

Snow festival in the park

I don't think I've ever seen so many people in the park as there were today - except for organised sport, the turn of the millennium and Concord's last flight - and I've certainly never seen so many snowmen anywhere. They were all sizes and shapes; one looked sculpted and another was an elephant's head complete with tusks.

Here are photos of a few of them.

While in the park I didn't see any birds at all, although I could hear birdsong in a few places.

I made up for this shortfall in my own garden, which backs onto the park, where there were up Robin (2), Starling (4), Chaffinch (2), Woodpigeon (3), Blue Tit (3), Great Tit (1) and House Sparrow (c20).