Temp in Drimnagh was 7º, Temp at Sally Gap was 2º, drips of water had frozen into icicles.
There was no snow except for a dusting on the top of some of the highest points. Amazing scenery up there, but I only had my big lens so no landscapes here I'm afraid.
|The River Liffey, Coronation plantation, Wicklow|
|Usually a good spot for Dippers|
|Coronation Plantation monument. I looked at the inscription but it was very worn away and in parts unfinished, there was a date that started 18 but didn't finish (assumed 1831, William iv Coronation, which is when these Scots Pines were planted).|
|Cold snap after an incredibly mild few months. Wicklow, Feb 5th 2012, 2º|
|I walked up through the heather to the top, it was near desolate except for some Sika. Sika Stag - antlers re-growing|
|More Sika, Wicklow mountains. Sika are non native - they're Japanese deer imported for Powerscourt estate originally|
|Found this down next to the river on a mound of grass (that's a 20c coin, no comments on exposure please).|
|The whole skeleton of this animal was on the ground - no idea what it was, I just know it's not a rat - if it is, I'm leaving.|
|Out of the corner of my eye I kept thinking the black in the sky was a Raptor.|
|But it's the top of the RTE transmitter on Kippure mountain.|
|Should have lightened this, but shows you how dark the day was - There's a Red Squirrel in there if you look closely.|
It was a quiet day - which was really nice - every time I stopped to listen, there wasn't anything much to hear - birdwise or anything wise.
Just the river and the wind.
I did hear, then saw a Wren. I saw where a Greater spotted woodpecker had made holes in a tree and I heard what I think was a Great tit. Other than the pellet there were no other Raptor signs and I didn't see any Red grouse around the plantation or south of the Sally Gap which I had been hoping for.
Oh, several Ravens in flight in this area.