It started snowing last night. When we woke up in the morning it was snowing (still?). But all the views from our apartment suggested that it hadn’t settled. There was hardly any on the ground and car tops were hardly covered. Oh well, we thought, maybe next time. We had a slow morning doing laundry and playing. Eventually I took Mtoto out and boom!
There was a lot of snow in the park. Okay, not lots, but enough to have a good time. Mtoto and I went to the tunnel slide playground in Park de la Grange and built two snowmen. Luckily we had a spare carrot in the buggy so we could give them both carrot noses. Then disaster struck. One of the snowmen fell off the slide that we had built them on and fell face first into the puddle at the bottom of the slide. I rescued the snowman and then moved the other one so we could take photos of them and so they wouldn’t suffer more slide disasters.
Afterwards, I took Mtoto on a Quiet Time walk and I counted the birds at Baby Plage and Eaux Vives marina. For the second day in a row I saw Common Goldeneyes at Baby Plage. I knew what they were yesterday thanks to my Collins Gem Guides to Birds, which my parents gave to me in December 1984. Somehow it has survived with me this long and yesterday was the first day that I had started carrying it around in my pocket.
I got a bit carried away with recording the birds that I see and yesterday recorded sightings on the Jet D’eau jetty as well as Eaux Vives marina, the Baby Plage and Parc de la Grange. Today, I was much more restrained, only checking out the birds at Baby Plage and at the marina.
I have recorded all of my sightings over the past couple of days on ornitho.ch. The benefit of using this site is that it keeps a record of all the species that I see, as well as where and I can add photos to my sightings if I wish. At a stroke I’m able to replace the Excel spreadsheet that I was making and my records will be added to the databases that various Swiss ornithological and nature-related organisations are using, as well as ones abroad if I record sightings in other countries. And all this from my striking up a conversation with a birdwatcher in a hide in La Bise on Sunday!
Janathon: another walking day today, plus plenty of stretching exercises while playing with Mtoto. “Pappa, don’t do your stretches. Play!”