Arrived at Big Waters later than usual on Saturday, thought Keith might have turned the heater on in the hide to warm it up and get a cuppa going. Should have known that you cant trust anyone from Blyth. So sucked an extra polo mint and warmed my hands up in time to get a snap of this poor pheasant jumping on top of a feeder cage to get a bit of food and then hanging on for dear life (maybe he forgot he had wings) before making a less than elegant departure from the Feeding Station
Immediately after the feeders being filled a couple of Bramblings appeared and kept us entertained for a little while.
The lake if you hadn't guessed was completely frozen over apart from a 1ft by 1ft square in the North East corner which was surrounded by all the ducks and Gulls jumping in and out. A walk round with Alan was quite productive seeing a lot more than we expected including a lot of Siskin, Snipe, Grey Heron, Carrion Crow, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, Redwing, Fieldfare and this gorgeous Yellowhammer.
A look at the Hide from the Public end of the lake shows the beauty and bleakness of the place at the moment.
The nice smooth lake though must have allowed Santa to land and drop a few things off as we spotted one of Santas little helpers struggling through the snow with his present bag on his back