Tag: Scotland Gate

Preparing…

by on Dec.16, 2009, under North Sea, Northumberland, Photography, Surveys

Weather forecasts are a bit of an obsession with most birdwatchers.  This winter I’ve got it even worse than usual because I’m co-ordinating a series of offshore surveys.  Finding 10 days with ‘suitable’ conditions before the end of January is going to depend on checking the forecasts for 5-7 days ahead…and trusting those forecasts.  Currently I check four different websites each morning, and if all four are predicting the same weather then I tend towards believing them…as long as they agree with the forecast on the BBC news…and on Radio 5 Live as well.  Would you be surprised to learn that a consistent forecast is a rare occurence?  So, I may have my survey team somewhere out on the North Sea next Tuesday and Wednesday…or I might be sitting at home and enjoying some proper wintry weather.

One consistent forecast is that we’re going to get snow tomorrow.  Preparations here have included filling all of our bird feeders and the squirrel feeder.  I’ve scheduled a few hours of photography into my diary as well, to try and take advantage of the conditions.  Scotland Gate looks at it’s best in the snow.  Concentrating on getting the best images that I can, of the birds that visit our garden, will be an interesting exercise as I’ve got a new camera to play with.  Boys and their toys 🙂

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