Where there’s no sense…

Annoying flurries of powdery snow and the windchill from hell were hardly the best motivators for the “Spring Stroll” I was leading at Rimrose Valley this morning.
Optimism was not reinforced when the first five birds I saw were Redwings shivering in the branches by the Beach Road entrance to the site.
Thanks then to all the Rimrose Valley Friends who came along, swaddled against the cold, and showed such interest and enthusiasm, even when a Chiffchaff desperately trying to avoid freezing on an iced-up pool as it frantically searched for sustenance was the best example I could show them of the miracle of migration!

A few small parties of Meadow Pipits went through, Groundsel was almost flowering, and we saw Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Bullfinch, but that was the best of it, and chilled to the bone we headed for the hills just after midday.
Even the Common Frogs had suspended their seasonal orgy in the bitter cold.
I should have stayed home of course, but where there’s no sense, there’s no feeling, so I popped up to Weld Road and Marshside in the afternoon.
Conditions had barely improved, although more Meadow Pipits and Pied Wags were passing, and dropping in to feed.

Ringed Plover and the growing numbers of Avocets looked seriously cheesed off, and I for one, could not blame them.
Getting a bit bored with this cold stuff now.

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9 thoughts on “Where there’s no sense…

    • It could be argued that our current cold snap is brought on by unusually warm air high in the atmosphere over the arctic circle, which pushes cold air down, shifts the jet stream to the south of us, and allows freezing air to rush in unchecked from the east – climate change in action.

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  1. John’s interpretation is correct; there are scientific publications on it.

    Chiffchaff bouncing about in the Alders at Sands Lake this afternoon but not singing. No Goosander.

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  2. Lots of skylarks and a few mipits around the Green Beach this sunny morning, but no sign of any chiffies or redpolls, and sadly no wheatear yet. But the incoming tide produced two male eiders over the cormorant roost, and several dozen grey plovers in the same area.

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