|and Wood Pigeon scoffing most of the food.|
A bit more snow and -10C overnight but a little walk over the Fell was required.
|The horses in the fields certainly needed their coats overnight|
|South Burn Woods|
|Hogweed - some of this was still in flower a week ago|
Later, walking over the fell it or another Common Snipe flew over, again calling. After getting a newspaper at the garage on the A167, I took the footpath nearby, back towards the fell and scanning the hedgerow I found a Little Owl perched in an old Ash tree. I didn't approach any closer as it was watching me and would have been away if I did get nearer. Carrying on, not surprising, I saw very little as I plodded through 15" of deep virgin snow.
|Waldridge Fell with a bit of snow|
|One of the Sessile Oaks in the hedgerow looking quite majestic today|
A few Siskin and Redwing flew over but otherwise the only other birds were the same species as have been in the garden this week
|Deer and rabbit tracks|
There were lots of tracks in the snow, mainly of Rabbit but also Roe Deer who had obviously been digging about and feeding on brassicas hidden under the snow in one of the arable fields.Despite teh numerous tracks I saw only a few Rabbit and only 1 Roe Deer, a good way off, near Kimblesworth.
|This had been dug up and partly eaten by Roe Deer as is evident by the tracks in the snow.|
Hopefully the 3 pair on the fell will survive these next few months, as despite their reputation for suffering in harsh winters, they came through last winter, fine, somehow.
|Waldridge Lane and no traffic at all as I walked along it - excellent!|
|My walk home|