A welcome splash of orange in the garden

The winter snows finally reached this part of the country this week with a record low at home of -10 on Thursday night. The canal has been frozen for some time and a visit to Rishton Reservoir yesterday confirmed that there was only a small patch of open water on the main reservoir around which some 750 Herring, 400 Black-headed, and tens of Lesser Black-backed, Greater Black-backed and Common Gulls loafed around.

The garden feeders were filled up and lots of fat cake dotted around so it was a great relief to see a healthy population of birds in the garden this-morning. All the more exciting was the sight of a Brambling early on - only the second garden record and a different splash of colour in amongst the veritable paint-pot that common garden birds bring.

The sleet is coming down now and I need to get more seed! The quiz is ready for Monday's ELOC meeting so I just hope the weather behaves itself.

Back with two sacks of sunflower kernels and there's two Lesser Redpolls on the Niger seed and two female Reed Buntings around the plum tree - all good stuff!

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