Thursday, 16 February 2012
Brrrrrr ....Brake Mill Pool....11/02/2012
Brrr indeed!! It was -6.9c at 6.45am so I wasn't in any rush to set out early, I waited until 9.00am with the temperature outside now being a heady -2.6c. On arrival the pool was partly frozen but had defrosted on my walk back past the lake just under a couple of hours later! On the water were Mallard, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan family, BHG & LBBG x2, Heron and Coot. I noticed that the cold temperatures had not cooled the ardour of the Coots!! At one point a male Coot chased off a young pretender, they can certainly shift in water, they looked like two speedboats racing! I walked along the public footpath that leads towards Stakenbridge Lane, having past the first paddock I reached the wooded areas that are on each side of the path, I often linger in this area for quite a while as it is usually quite productive. The sun by now was shining brightly and I had to use the tree trunks as a shade from the sun or else I would not have seen anything at all. I was entertained by the sweet twittering of a flock of Siskins feeding high in the Alders, Blue & Great Tits were seemingly everywhere and I was thrilled with the sighting of two Treecreepers. I was even more thrilled to catch sight of a Kingfisher as it perched for a few seconds on an overhanging branch over the stream, the stream runs off from the Pool and is between two gardens. How lovely to have a stream through your garden and see such lovely birds as Kingfishers and Grey Wagtails, maybe one day I will win the Lottery and have such a garden.lol! Other highlight birds were Nuthatch, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk. An enjoyable but very cold walk/amble today.