Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Lutley Wedge 07/12/10 10.00am (-8°c) Freezing, clear skies with hoar frost and ice/snow (-9°c overnight)

An incredible hoarfrost covered everything this morning, after last nights freezing fog cleared as the temperature plummeted to a new record low of at least -9°c!  Not surprisingly given the arctic conditions there were some more signs of hard weather movements, with 1 Common Snipe, 3 Lapwing and 5 Cormorants seen flying over. Winter thrushes were again obvious feeding on berries in the hedgerows amongst the thick covering of hoarfrost. The Redwings especially could be in for tough time of it soon, when they exhaust the dwindling berry supply, especially as the freezing weather is forecast to be around into January!
3 Lapwing >W
1 Common Snipe >ESE
5 Cormorant >E
20+ Redwing
21 Fieldfare (19 >NE)
21 Siskin (20 >S/SE) (1 >NE)

'Redwing and hoarfrost' Lutley Wedge 7/12/10


Mark said...

Hi Craig, great blog...I especially love the sound files. I've been blogging about my local patch (girdleness) for about 5 years now and have been looking to incorporate this sort of thing for ages. Could you give me a few pointers on how it's done please?



Craig said...

Hi Mark, thanks for comments.
I use an excellent piece of software called 'Raven Lite' which is availiable as a free download for Mac or PC to produce sonograms, combined with a Remembird II to make the sound recordings. Once you've made a sound recording you'll need to upload it to 'Soundcloud' or something similar to put it onto your blog.It's all pretty simple to do once you get the hang of it! Hope this helps!

Mark said...

Brilliant, thanks Craig. Doesn't sound too complicated after all!