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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Wet again.

The lake is beginning to flood again.

Rain all through the night, and this morning; and I'm guessing the river has been diverted to the lake again.
Yesterday I topped up the feeders, before going off to Tiggywinkles with some stuff. They're thought of as a hedgehog rescue place, but they are so much more than that. A complete wildlife hospital. I took a variety of food and cleaning stuff just to help out a bit. An amazing place; and they never turn away a sick or injured animal. Worth all the support you can give them.

But back to today. No chance of doing the feeders this morning. The area is under water, and still rising. After feeding the Crows, I made my way under the road bridge; and the waiting Mallards.
The path round the north lake was flooded here, so I tried going over the road bridge, and round from that side.
Hopeless!! Flooded under the bridge, and round the corner.

I decided to just do the south lake.

The rain and wind was still making it a lousy morning. It wasn't helped by my coat seemingly only being 'shower proof'. A few yards down the path, and I was soaked.
No fun going back to a cold house, and having to change all your clothes, and try to get them dry. I gave up, and turned back.

Surely this bloody rain can't last?

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  18


  1. Mad dogs and Englishmen go's the sun!!...will the rain do instead cos that's all we've got!!

    Bit of a wet one this morning Keith? Top marks for trying though! Best take the boat tomorrow!!...[;o)

  2. Oh my, those conditions were horrible!! Not surprised you gave up in the end.

    Well done regarding St Tiggywinkles, a wonderful place and Les Stocker is a remarkable man!

  3. An awful morning Trevor. Hopefully drier tomorrow.

    Thanks Jan. Yea, had a great day yesterday. Done a post over on the other blog.

  4. I'm just in and soaked for the second time today. You have it living by the seaside. Water is up and down like a whores draws.
    Giving cleaning stuff away? Your house must be sparkling bright,

  5. Rainy days seem to be alternating at the moment. Thursday it rained for over 24hrs. Friday was dry and the flooded lawn drained. Today - rain most of the day. I just dare any water company to have a hosepipe ban next Spring - not that gardens will ever need watering again at this rate.

  6. Adrian, I have no need for cleaning stuff; I don't do it. I dread to think what the lake will be like tomorrow.

    John, we're bound to have a water shortage by spring. Too many faulty water pipes that the rich water companies won't spend money on repairing.

  7. Surely this bloody rain can't last? I'm not to sure about that Keith. I am a pessimist, woops.

  8. Bob, I think you could be right.
    It's still raining here now.

  9. OH MY Not again! Hope its not as bad this time Keith...We had some HIGH winds last couple of days so lots of clean up to do in the yard!!! IM beginning to think apartment~ :o/

  10. Sondra, even worse this morning. Much like it was before. Doing a post now.