The kingfisher has been a regular visitor to the pond for a few weeks now. He's been having some success down there and I often see him sitting where he is in this photo with a wriggling fish in his beak.
I thought I'd get a photo today as he won't be around soon, once the pond freezes over.
Kingfisher, Christophstal November 2021
Ice spike, Christophstal November 2021
It's been cold enough overnight for us to get our first ice spike of the year. We don't get these often but it's always interesting to see how they form. Our bird path seems to have the perfect configuration.
See January 2020 and February and March 2017 for some other examples we've had.
It was time to move the common carder bees that had nested under a tarpaulin beside our patio (see diary entry from 11th September). This area is going to be dug up in the next few weeks so we couldn't leave them there. I carefully lifted the nest and placed it in a cardboard box and stored it in our shed. I'll bring in out again in spring.
There were at least two bees in there (you can see one at the top left of the photo).
Common carder bee nest, Christophstal November 2021