Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Coldest Day

It was about -10 in the city last night.  This morning we woke up to foggy conditions over some very icy roads.
By 10am the temperature had risen to -5, so we all felt a bit better and I made coffee.
We seem to be inundated with winter visitors.  These gold finches are coming to the feeders in shifts.  It is impossible to get a good idea of how many birds are visiting.
Starlings are also around in larger numbers than usual.  Most of them are sub adults with dark bills.  Occasionally we spot a yellow billed adult bird amongst them.  They can clear the ground and window feeders in a few minutes.
Our robin with one working leg is around and often asks for more food.  I think we shall be calling him/her Oliver.
The bin men failed to turn up today - but we have had word from the City Council that they will be collecting tomorrow as soon as they are able to do so.  As far as I can remember, this is the first time that they have informally missed our street in over 20 years.
It looks like tomorrow will be wet and warm (+1 degree) and Thursday looks a better day, so we may get out and about soon.

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