Left home at 7.30am the car temp read -10 returned at 10am and it read -3. But none the less a clear blue sky and no wind so pleasant if dressed properly.Started a Holborough the path along the railway gave 3 cock pheasants and one snipe. The marsh itself was completly frozen and nothing was seen other than Coots and Moorhens. The Medway was very low and there were plenty Teal with Snipe,Redshank Lapwings. Further round the river defence wall I was suprised and pleased to see 3 Bearded Tits did not manage to get the camera out on time but while waiting for another opportunity managed to get these record shots.
Is this a weasel or a stoat and is that prey or young ?
Further round this path I managed to see another Bearded Tit.
Then round to Brooklands which was completly frozen
A bittern was seen in the SE corner and a trip to view over Abbeymead found the path still blocked and men working again on a new break in the mains water pipe. Abbeymead was nearly all frozen and all birds were congregated in the small bit of open water.