Snow covered Seaton Marshes with Seaton in the background.
I counted 87 Snipe here with binoculars alone so there must have been many more than that.
Here's a couple of them, it's not nice to see birds struggling to fine food in the snow.
I hope it doesn't last too long this year.
A Miffed Mallard.
A Stoical Stonechat.
A very unusual thing happened during my walk. My feet remained WARM, yes, unbelievably for the first time ever I was out walking in snow, for two hours and my feet were as warm as toast! I suffer from circulation trouble and normally I have cold feet throughout the winter, even indoors. Why were my feet warm today? Crocs, that's why, fantastic, brilliant Crocs! Crocs shoes have been around for a few years now and I've always thought they were horrible and couldn't understand why they were so popular. I still think they look hideous but boy are they comfortable and practical. I got mine you may remember, when I had abused my poor feet into a state of blisters and bruised toenails whilst on the Scillies last October. I just bought the comfiest looking shoes I could see in the shop and have never looked back. The fur lined Crocs mammoth shoes were primarily designed as a slipper, but I've worn mine outside in rain, ice and now snow, they're impervious to it all. I've walked long distances in them too, a couple of miles up onto Dartmoor and back to not see a Black-throated Thrush springs to mind for some masochistic reason. They are the perfect example of 'don't knock it 'til you've tried it' and 'looks aren't everything'.
There they are, bless 'em!
What they lack in looks they make up for in every other way. I love 'em!
In fact I've just acquired a second pair.
This morning I was reading some comments on Gavin's blog and one by Andrew Cunningham got me thinking a bit. He had commented that people who write blogs are narcissistic."Am I narcissistic?" I thought. "Perhaps just a little bit?" No definitely not, DEFINITELY! Gav was a little more charitable saying that a lot of bloggers were not narcissistic, just average to hopeless!! I wondered where I'd fit on that scale (not being narcissistic), and decided that 'hopelessly average' would be about right. Why do I blog though? I would be a liar if I said that I'd keep on blogging if NOBODY read it, coz I wouldn't. It is nice to know that people enjoy reading your blogging efforts even if it's just a handful of them. I know I have a small number of regular readers because I have Stat Counter (and I can count) A few of them ( the one's I really like ;-)) take the time to comment too, which does give me encouragement. I mainly write though because I enjoy doing it (most of the time). I get precious little opportunity to write anything these days, or exercise my brain much, working in the Co-op deli an' all! ( note to self - look for new job). It just gives me something to do of an evening especially since giving up the old goggle box two years ago. That's my excuse anyway. It's also a convenient outlet for publishing the hundreds of photos I take, what else can I do with them? Rhetorical question, do NOT answer!
Oh almost forgot! (I didn't really) This afternoon I couldn't be bothered to make my way over to Seaton Hole to see a probable Black-necked Grebe that Ian M had found, because I was slobbing out in front of the fire after my earlier walk. Big mistake! It was only a SMEW! A very rare bird on patch. I got the car out and 'sped' over there. I was too late. Bums!
Finally, we are very lucky to live where we do at the moment, right next to the harbour. Here's a photo of the view from my bedroom window this morning.
Axmouth Harbour and Haven Cliff with a dusting of snow.
A splendid view indeed, almost as nice as looking in the mirror! ;-)