Arriving at the car park. I was heartened to find, not surprisingly i was the only one there. I don't know what it is, but it allways seems like an added bonus when you have the place to yourself. Even if it is just for a little while.
|Snow covered Car park.|
|Nobody here but us birds.|
|Reed Buntings in the snow.|
|Male Reed Bunting.|
|Greylags on Closes.|
On reaching Greenaways, a bitterly cold northerly wind greeted me. Scanning the field i found the first Golden Plover of the day, huddled up close to a Lapwing.
Later i saw a small flock of seven drop into the Barn field, A larger flock of fifty or so fly onto the Flood field. Three more were on closes (Seen from the hide). And three more in the same place as i had seen the first one on Greenaways, among a flock of seven snipe.
|Distant golden Plovers with Snipe Greenaways.|
|Early morning Greenaways|
|Sun hitting the far side of a Watery Greenaways|
|Big Otmoor Bridleway.|
|Snow on path to 1st screen.|
|A peaceful walk|
|Icy footprint mystery.|
|Who fell through the ice ?|
Two Stonechats were around the hide area. With one flitting back and forth, at the top of the screens path. A second bird was feeding in front of the hide.
|Distant Hen Harrier over Big Otmoor.|
|This lovely Stonechat was by the path to the screens.|
|Stonechat in flight.|
|Stonechat in front of hide.|
Large flocks of Greylag and Canada Geese out on Ashgrave. Just the one Little Egret there this morning.
|A charm of Goldfinches.|
|A lamentation of Swans.|
|A Whisp of Snipe.|
|Another whisp following the same path.|
|A Fox Footprint.|
|A set of Fox prints|
The wind had thankfully lost some of its bite. And the walk down to the 2nd screen was very scenic. The ice in the fields was begining to melt and Black Headed Gulls were taking advantage of the gaps in the ice.
|Ice, Snow, reflections and Golden sunshine.|
|Breaks in the ice.|
|Starlings near the 1st screen.|
|B-H Gull in melted channel|
|Flooded ice fields|
|Gadwall against a powder blue sky.|
|Gadwall, Tufted and Pochard.|
|Fieldfare eating hip.|
|Fieldfare eating sloe.|
|Grey Squirrels Feeding on hips.|
Walking back in the sunshine. It struck me as to what a great day it had been. Lots to see and in wonderful peaceful surroundings. Although i was glad of the warm clothing. with slightly numb fingers i ambled back to the car. but not without first taking the time to get some quick shots of a grey Heron on the Bridleway and a Kestrel that was carrying its prey.
|The walk back.|
|Kestrel carrying prey.|
What difference a few hours make. The last two photos show the path to Greenaways. The first early morning, Cold, grey and forbidding. The second blue skies, melted snow and glorious sunshine.