I noticed these amusing tracks on the melting ice of the lake yesterday and it made me smile. The tracks on the left are from a moorhen and on the right, and crossing them are big white duck splatty foot prints.
You can see how a moorhen doesn't have very webbed feet like a duck. They look just like chicken tracks, funny that as in French a moorhen is called a Poule d'Eau, or Water Chicken!
For the first time we've had a fieldfare actually visiting one of our feeding stations and eating the apples I have been cutting in half and putting out. I got a great view of him or her fighting with a blackbird over the apple yesterday - it's not like there weren't several apples to choose from but a pesky male blackbird snuck up and decided the fieldfare's apple was more interesting. This resulted in them both jumping about 4 feet up into the air flapping wings at each other several times, until the blackbird snuck off again and the fieldfare resumed its meal.
This is the closest picture I can get of it taken through the window of my back door and this is why I get frustrated that I don't have fancy camera equipment - it's like I'm so near yet so far!
I actually sat in the sun yesterday enjoying its warmth with a cup of coffee! OK, I'll admit, the temperature was only 2C but I was sitting in our metal barn with the big sliding doors open; the wind was coming from behind the barn so I was totally sheltered and the sun was blazing inside - there really was some warmth in it though! That was very quickly dispelled as soon as I ventured outside and the icy north wind blasted my face! I managed a couple of hours with my hood up attacking brambles in the relatively sheltered woodland which gave me a good feeling after being so cooped up this last week or so.
Back to minus 6C at the moment though and why is it every time I look at the weather forecasts they always show it warming up in about a week's time? They've been saying that since this cold weather started about 10 days ago.......!!!
P.S. Next posting will be a 'summery' one - I'm enjoying interspersing winter with summer ha ha!