Tuesday, 2 February 2016

More weather

Some people were predicting, last autumn, that we were in for a bad winter.  Their forecast was based on the fact that a Bewick's swan arrived at Slimbridge several weeks earlier than usual.  (See the report here.)  And what happened?  We had the warmest December since records began!

Winter-visiting birds have been fewer in numbers and some summer visitors have over-wintered.

Fieldfare, from RSPB
But, this morning I saw a flock of fieldfares in the park, something I have not seen for several years.  And, of course, since we are only just into February, there is still time for winter's icy grip to get us by the throat.

It was early in February 2012 that the car broke down while we were driving through France. We were put up overnight in an hotel and woke up next morning to this sight:

Six inches of snow had fallen overnight. Mind you, that was a very good restaurant!  All the same, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow when we are off again.


Sarah said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too BP. We have blue skies today but have just had a mini hail storm. Roll on the Summer!

Brighton Pensioner said...

Thank you, Sarah. After early showers, we have a blue sky here now as well. As you say, roll on summer.