Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last year the cold weather brought an invasion of Redwings, this year it's Fieldfares: they seem to be everywhere. Apparently they are often found around the Tundra, so that's pretty appropriate with the weather this year ( it's been hovering around -4 degrees centigrade today in spite of the sunshine. ) There are also loads of Snipe, and some Waxwings in Tralee. The bird feeder is attracting lots of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Robins, Goldfinches, Pied Wagtails and Chaffinches - oh yes, and Sparks, the cat...Luckily the birds seem smarter than him, and the closest he has got is a small mouthful of tail feathers.

Thanks to Garry and Suzanne for a lovely get together yesterday, fantastic food as ever. They also popped up with Maisie and Edie today for a spot of sledging, and a walk over the mountain. Caitlin opened one of her Christmas presents early - a skiing jacket and trousers - she was delighted, and warm, so thanks to the Grandparents for that!

Where the water percolates through the peat bog, there is always a display of huge icicles, all formed around strands of grass and peat. The girls all think they are the best ice lollies!

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