On my days off earlier this week the weather was very cold. On Monday I had a day out with Stewart (From the notebook) around his patch at Howick. A nice walk but not a note or photo was taken due to the very cold weather but nearer home at the Scotch Gill woods it was more sheltered but still felt like mid winter. Very few signs of spring flowers other than Spurge Laural (Daphne laureola) clinging onto the steep bank sides. A single drake Goosander was on the river here but no birdsong. On Tuesday the exposed ponds at Stobswood held very little but there was a flock of over 500 Pink-footed Geese and a Short eared Owl at Middle Stobswood farm. On my way to work on Wednesday 6 Waxwings were calling from a tree at the top of curley Kews bank beside Church walk but no sign of them since.