This morning I had a couple of medical appointments, with the first being early at the local GP surgery. It took a good few minutes to get the car cleared of a decent overnight frost. Afterwards, I opted to head home via the back way and grab a couple of frosty shots in the square ..
As it happened, I need not of bothered as the sub-zero temperature, frost and fog lingered fully through the day. The garden feeders were busy throughout the day, but not with anything new or unexpected.
By the time I'd cleared my metaphoric desk and could think about having a walk out, it was already late afternoon but the conditions were not really conducive to anything detailed.
I had thought about grabbing some photos and samples of various mosses, but given that everything was liberally frosted over I didn't bother with that. Instead I got properly togged up to keep warm, and just headed out for a walk with my bins.
The fields have hosted a decent-sized loose flock of Fieldfare and Redwing over the last week and they remained resolutely hopping about in the white grass. I did hear a couple of Fieldfare today over the embankment by my house, but overall both of these are garden rarities (aside from nocturnal flyover migrating Redwings). The only addition to the square list today though was a Meadow Pipit calling as it flew over my head - still waiting for the usual Skylarks to do the same.
I headed back up the lane at around the same time as yesterday, albeit after a much shorter duration out. The following shots were taken almost exactly 24hours apart. I always look at this structure and the scrubby area around it and expect to see a Little Owl - but as yet I never have. This is well within the square, but sadly not accessible without trespassing.