Folkestone - cold, freezing rain, E 4 - We`ve had to spend a couple of days in Folkestone on emergency grand parent duties as our Lucy was snowed in with Showstoppers in Dublin and not due back til Sunday at the earliest. Yesterday afternoon we ventured out along the Warren but the wind was so fierce it was unbirdable (if there is such a word!). However, despite the blasting winds and rough seas about 50 Mediterranean Gulls were loitering on the rocks below Copt Point, plus a couple of grounded Golden Plovers on the field behind the Martello tower.
Today the roads and paths around Folkestone were treacherous due to the rain instantly freezing and forming sheets of black ice on the frozen ground. Around the Warren small flocks of Fieldfare, Song Thrush and Blackbird looked as though they`d just arrived from the near continent and a couple of Snipe flew over. In the garden at Grove Road, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker foraged in the snow.
Looking at the weather chart warm air pushing up from the south in the form of Storm Emma looks likely to be our saviour with a balmy 9C forecast by Sunday.