Tuesday 21 December 2010

The Big Chill

Well, the weekend before we moved in to our new house in Bishopthorpe, someone left the freezer door open, and it consequently got a bit parky. No birding done, save for a bit on a family trip to Scarborough (Great Northern Diver), but a few things seen around Bish including Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Waxwing, 37 Goosander, Water Rail and a big flock of Pinks over the village - like being back in Norfolk!
So the weather. Everybody is talking about it. Heavy snow in first two weeks of December, with temps down to -16 C on the night of 2-3 December. At the time of writing it is c -6 at 3pm and it was down to - 11 c last night. Pretty parky. Birds etc must be really suffering, though I have seen a few Wrens, Goldcrests and Long-tails about. The Ouse has frozen completely in Bish for the second time in a fortnight. Mad! Oh yes, 10 Waxwings near work on 3 December.

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