Sunday's weather cold and wet
and lots of bird activity
I know this is a bit out of focus but David loves this picture - made him laugh. Poor little chaffinch with a snowy beak
Blackcap chipping his way into the frozen fatballs. In very icy weather I've been known to warm the fatballs in the microwave for the birds - how daft is that??
I put out some trays with seeds for the ground feeders ... but guess who found them first?!!
and we had a visit from a bird I couldn't identify so I emailed Mike, a wildlife artist and 'bird expert' who has helped me before with bird identification. Mike Woodcock - Scolopax Chronicles I'd rather hoped it was an unusual/rare visitor but turned out to be a Dunnock which is quite a common garden bird. However, normally they are ground feeders and its unusual to see them on feeders - hence I had a different view of the bird and saw its speckles and pink legs where normally I just see plain brown backs/tops as it rootles round the grass and leaves.
We left the snow of Whitstable to drive to Bexley (South East London) for a series of family visits and errands and within 5 miles of leaving home the countryside was snowless. It was very localised obviously.
When we returned home yesterday evening we'd had rain here and most of the snow had gone.
Today we have bright sunshine again although its very cold ...
Tomorrow we will be back at our house on Fuerteventura. The forecast is a bit mixed with mostly cloudy skies it seems, rather than bright sunshine. BUT it will be about 25 degrees warmer there than it is in Whitstable so looking forward to wearing summer clothes for a while.