Birds, weather

April Fool’s Birdwatch!

Just spotted a little ringed plover — suddenly the sky looks ominous over Rutland Water.

Here’s the little plover.

Little Ringed Plover
Then came the blizzard!

Batten down the hatches of the hide as the snow blasts in.

Peeping through the shutter our little ringed plover has disappeared — and can you blame it?
Considerable precipitation!

Ten minutes later:–

Don’t you just love British weather?
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Carona Virus Lockdown, Climate, weather

Proxy Winter Walk!

Dawn of a stunning day!

But for those of you who are stuck in other places or don’t want to get out of your warm beds, here is a walk through the crunchy frost — watch out for the frozen mole hills covered by a dusting of last night’s hail and this morning’s crystal dew — they stub your toes and send you sprawling on the now unyielding turf.

See the lane in the middle distance — treated last night with grit and salt (during a rain storm that washed it all away) and now frozen and deterring visitors — Bill is looking for the postman –the computer says his parcel is on its way but I know differently. Just as we have decided not to venture out to shop — we will fall upon the mercy of our store cupboard (my armageddon stash) and I will secretly hope for much more snow so that we are confined by something different –something that makes us cut wood and bake bread! Something reassuringly traditional!

Meanwhile we inspect the sheep and marvel at the beauty of their surroundings.

By afternoon it is beginning to thaw but only until sunset and more is forecast.

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