Just enough time to squeeze an hours birdwatching in before work yesterday. I went a few miles west to Angerton lake. 90 per cent of the lake was frozen but a small area of unfrozen water in the middle held good numbers of wildfowl. Presumably some of these birds may have been frozen out elsewhere. A quick count of Teal 126, Wigeon 28, Canada goose 73, goldeneye 8, Mute swan 10, Little grebe 10, Mallard 12 and 2 Scaup among 29 Tufted ducks. As I am a field away from the lake the cropped shot of the Tufted duck was the best attempt I had at capturing the Scaup.
I drove back by Scots gap and Rothley crags where there was a few inches of snow lying about but not a BBC reporter in sight! At Longwitton 8 Yellowhammer among the Chaffinch flock and a dozen Red legged Partridge. How times have changed since I first started out in the seventies where Yellowhammer flocks were too large to get an accurate count and Red legged partridges didn't exist!