Yesterday morning got up to see it was raining once more and my planned trip to the top of the Dare Country Park was in doubt so I thought I would go and look for the Golden Eyed Lichen once more. I got to the area and started my search but still could not find it. I checked loads of the Hawthorns on site, it was great to see the colour of the lichens and some of the trees were plastered in it. I also found Black Bulgar Fungus on a Oak and had a small flock of Bullfinches feeding in the Heather. I kept heading up and before I knew it I was almost on top of the Mountain and looking over the valley towards Cwmdare. I could see the fog starting too roll in and I thought what next, it was coming in very quickly and then if by magic stopped at the edge of Tarren y Bwllfa. I also noticed that the fence was covered in Purple Moor grass, it looked real good, a first for me and you could see how windy it must get on top.
As I dropped over to the river which runs down from Lluest Wen Reservoir it started snowing a fair bit which was a nice change from rain. I found two Dippers on the river and was surprised how many Meadow Pipits were still on top and around the Reservoir. I got my only year tick of the day when I had four Reed Buntings. As I walked up too the Shrike site at Bwlch y Lladron I took Shelter in a pipe by the side of the road, it was very comfortable in there and dry and would have made a great shelter on our trip too Canada. The roads have changed and I walked along a road to the wind turbines for a bit before I took a short cut and flushed a Common Snipe, it almost give me a heart attack as it took off. It was great to see a light dusting of snow everywhere, I found lots of moss flowering through the snow and a couple of small clumps of Match Stick Lichen. When I finally got too the Shrike site I started scanning trees but found no sign, in fact very little in the area at all. I jumped the fence and started too make my way down off the mountain when the fog came back in. I stopped to put my gloves on and I thought I know I will have a Cherry Bakewell and remembered that Mr Hill had ate the lot the day before and had left me the empty box and all the rubbish too. But by chance a friend had given me some chocolate and I forgot about it and it went down a treat. I thought how easy it would be for birds to fly into the turbines in the fog and they would have no change of surviving it. As I got back down near Tarren y Bwllfa I found a Drinker Moth Caterpillar which shows how much food is still about for the upland birds like Meadow Pipits. I then flushed a Short Eared owl out of the Purple Moor Grass, not far from where I flushed one two years ago.