Well it doesn't if you bugger off out when you had promised to file your tax returns online today. Cheviots tomorrow so it will have to be Thursday now. No car so Rising Sun on the agenda. Sky miserable as sin but always glad to be out. It was fairly quiet but i did see a small flock of Siskin feeding in some Alders on my journey up.Called past the Organic Farm which, whilst the snow was down was a haven for loads of birds, has also gone very quiet, even the flocks of House Sparrows were absent.
As i moved along the waggonway towards Swallow Pond i could hear the cries of Black Headed Gulls which, under normal circumstances, wouldn't excite me but on this occasion meant that there was life back on the pond after an absence of possibly 4 weeks. Sure enough, a couple of Mute Swans, Mallard,Coot, Moorhen,Teal and a single Pochard were with the Gulls on the water. Nothing out of the ordinary but a heart warming sight none the less.After surveying the scene for 10 minutes from the hide i stood up and turned only to be greeted by a Robin close by who decided to serenade me with song.I returned the compliment with my not so good imitation of a House Sparrow but the Robin didn't seemed to mind so we continued in a duet.
My partner in song.