Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He was out walking on Whita yesterday too and sent me this picture of the track to the summit. I am surprised that we didn’t see him.
We had another sunny and chilly day today but I failed to make much photographic use of it as we had an important appointment bang in the middle of the day.
Before we went out, I had some time to look at the birds but as the sunshine hadn’t got round as far as the feeder, it was rather a gloomy business.
It wouldn’t have mattered if the light had been a lot better because there were very few birds about today. I did see a couple on the fat ball cage…
And a bird in the bush, or at least in the plum tree.
The chaffinches are looking very bright at the moment. This may be because they are getting into breeding plumage but Alison Tinker tells me that the brightest ones may be winter migrants. I hadn’t realised that chaffinches came to Britain from abroad.
There were occasional bursts of action at the feeder…
…and in a moment of (relatively) great excitement, I saw a dunnock actually in the fat ball cage, something that I have never seen before. They usually scurry about on the ground.
Finally a robin posed obligingly….
Then it was time to go out for the annual archivists winter lunch.
The walk across the town was very enjoyable.
Between the workers and their partners, thirteen of us sat down to eat in the Douglas and time passed so agreeably between eating and talking that we didn’t get out until nearly three o’clock and the time for a walk had vanished.
I went along to the Archive Centre after lunch with Sandy and we did a little useful work and then walked home over the suspension bridge admiring the cloudscapes over the Mission Hall as we went.
Somewhat tired after such a sociable event, both Mrs Tootlepedal and myself found some very quiet things to do for the rest of the day, many of which involved sitting down on comfortable pieces of furniture.
The forecast is suggesting that by next week, we will be back to much warmer weather so I am glad to have been able to get out and enjoy the snowy views while the snow has been around.
The flying bird of the day is Zorro the chaffinch.