With a night time temperature just two degrees above that at the South Pole and early morning showing minus 16 inside the greenhouses all the apples in the orchard were frozen solid and the thrushes were busy looking for freshly chopped bits in the nearby gardens. Meanwhile we had given away half of our non-frozen supply to the Shelter Belt Boys, who began to rub our noses in it. Firstly Michael had 8 Reed Buntings in a small cleared patch in his back lawn and beat our 2009 total in a morning, then followed this up with a session with Hugh in sunny Great Warford with a 96 bird total including 21 Greenfinches, 21 Blackbirds, 10 Fieldfare, and 7 Mistle Thrushes of which 4 including a retrap were in one of the two nets deployed.
The Nursery Boys looked on in envy.
YT, DH, JG, MM and HP