Awoke yesterday to a sharp frost, everything was white and a thin layer of ice covered the pond. As a lover of butterflies, dragonflies and warm sunny days the winter months can be a depressing time. What for me is cold (around 0c) is to others in chillier climes almost tropical! It’s all subjective. Stuck out in the North Sea on the east coast of the UK we don’t get the hard winters others experience. On occasion we get a blast all the way from Siberia but mostly it’s dull, gloomy, leaden skies with various amounts of mist, drizzle or proper rain. So if the sun threatens to put in an appearance grab the camera and make the most of it.
That is what happened yesterday. Mrs H suggested a trip out looking for birds and trying out the new lens. Did I really hear that? Needing no further persuasion it was hat, coat, gloves, camera gear let’s go! We went 20 miles west around the coast to the shingle ridge at Salthouse. From the beach road two vegetated areas are worth a look. To the west the ‘Little Eye’ and east the much larger ‘Gramborough Hill’ and that is where we went.
I was hoping that there may be Snow Buntings near the hill, this is an area they have visited for many years. It was not to be but a small ‘charm’ of Goldfinches flitted through and frustrated my attempts to get a decent shot in the failing light by keeping low and not hanging around. Two other birds were noted and by their behaviour I could tell they were a pair of Stonechats (Saxicola torquata).
Today we should be on a plane jetting off to Berlin to spend the week with our daughter. Sadly it’s not to be as the German government banned entry to us Brits four days ago in a bid to control this new covid variant, well good luck with that. Wherever you are around the world and whatever your beliefs (or not) take care, be safe and if you are with your families, cherish the moment. Have a good one. B