Well, here it comes! Winter, the slow approach of the colder months, the soft brutal months, the long hard months, the months that slip under your skin and keep you frosty, the months that sit heavily on your soul. The winter months. Cold, crisp and crucifying.
‘Jesus, you’re gong to be cold aren’t you, its freezing out there!’ ‘Look, I don’t want to sound like an asshole, but I’m the magical son of god, I think I’ll be all right’
I like winter. I love this time of year when the temperature suddenly falls and the air just becomes so crisp you can feel it settle on your skin when you walk out side. I love that feeling. When you pull your coat up around your ears and move off into the world. Every little step feels a little bigger and a little stronger in the cold. And I like that. It’s nice. Sun and all of that is lovely, I’m not one to poo poo sunshine and summertime. But those things are slowly moving from sight and into the rear view mirror. We can watch them go, but we aren’t getting them back. They’re not coming back. Ever. Until next year.
So that means its time to dress for winter! Especially when it comes to birding in the winter months. You WILL need: big woolly coats, warm gloves or even mittens! Furry bobble hats maybe? Big tough and warm winter boots, and a scarf. You’ve got to have a scarf. I’m sure you’ve got one of those.
I think Birding can actually be more interesting in the winter you know, I love huddling around the camp fire for warmth and looking for the last birds of winter and the first birds of winters, and then doing the opposite a few months later. It a nice and beautiful process. But just get ready! I can’t say it enough.