Nice to see the back of the ice and snow even if it is a bit misty and gloomy. On the lakes today were five Goosanders (one drake) and three redhead Smew.
One Fieldfare and three Redwings have taken up temprorary residence in a Cotoneaster at the bottom of the garden. Its only a small bush but they all seem to be getting along quite well in there.
A chilly minus eight degrees in the hide, however it looks like a thaw will set in over the next couple of days, a relief for the soil feeding birds like the lapwings. For the Hen Harriers the exterme conditions make life easier, as they are able to pick off the weakened birds.
Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting over the reedbeds.
Not so bright today so it felt a lot colder. A single Hen Harrier was patroling the reed beds, the mudflats were frozen solid and devoid of any waders just a few ducks in the creeks.
Hard going on the frozen snow and ice especially down the track to Middlebere. A pair of male Hen Harriers and a male Merlin were showing well so it was worth the effort.