Lade - mild, cloudy, drizzle, w 2 - And so to the shortest day, a gloomy start with low cloud and drizzle that for me was considerably brightened up by watching the highlights of QPR`s jammy 3-2 win over WBA, thanks mostly to a Charlie Austin hat-trick and Rob Green`s goal keeping.
However, I digress, before venturing forth this morning I spent some time checking the bird feeders where the highlight was a Tree Sparrow on the seed hoppers amongst the House Sparrows, a bird we only occasionally see in the garden.
On the local patch a Great White Egret on the far side of south lake was a noteworthy sighting as they rarely seem to venture over here from the bird reserve. The wintering Red Crested Pochard was amongst the wildfowl on south lake where Teal numbers were higher than of late.
Marshman called in today and reported the Tundra Bean Geese and wild swan flock still out on Walland Marsh between Horse-bones farm and Hawthorn Corner, while a single Velvet Scoter was on the sea off Galloways.