A bitter wind kept us 'fresh' this morning while we walked to Straw's Bridge via Pewit Carr. Pausing to look at the ducks on Manor Floods, there were a number of Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) swimming about on the patch of open water which had frozen over. Once again, everything was looking rather drab and monochrome.
RSPB's Amber List as their numbers have declined between 25 and 49% over the last 25 years and their European status is 'unfavourable'. But still there are large numbers to enjoy and our over-wintering population is said to be around 110,000 individuals. They're always entertaining to watch too.