FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER
Although winter is not officially declared until four days from now - on 20th December - it certainly felt like it today. In fact, today saw the first actual lying snow of this 'winter' after an hour or so of snowfall this morning. The strong NW wind that came in its wake was very biting indeed, even though the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly..........
SHARDELOES LAKE (BUCKS)
Well at least all of the ice of my last visit had gone - and wildfowl and Coot numbers were recovering...
Nothing weather related on show but amongst the roll-call were 2 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, all 8 Mute Swans (the 6 youngsters all looking well), 8 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, a pair of SHOVELER, 8 Tufted Duck and 75 Coot, whilst additional species included 1 WATER RAIL, an adult HERRING GULL, Song Thrush, a female BULLFINCH, 3 Wrens, 3 wintering Robins, 6 Great Tits, 2 Jays and a flock of 16 SISKINS in Alder trees by the river.
DEEP MILL POND (BUCKS)
Water level very low but birds present included Little Grebe, 2 Mallard, 1 Coot and 2 Moorhens