Pleased to See the Snow Go

15th JANUARY 2010

While I was making lunch today I noticed a lot of  activity out of the front window. The birds were pleased that the snow had gone, for a variety of reasons. A Song Thrush was on the garden busily throwing soggy dead leaves around in search of the insects and grubs he hoped to find underneath, an that's a lot easier to do without the snow.

A Blackbird was taking advantage of a pool of meltwater in the slush at the top of the drive to have a thorough bath, probably his first since the snow arrived.

For the Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Robins, Dunnocks, the feeders had provided supplies despite the snow. We also had some unusual visitors to the feeder; Greenfinches and Long-Tailed Tits, and - very unusual - a Redpoll, which came and sat on the feeder for a while looking round and wondering what to do next, then flew away while I was getting the camera.

The picture below was taken a couple of days earlier, and shows how the ground-feeders still manage to find food despite the snow. This Blackbird dug through several inches of snow to get to the lawn beneath.

1 comment:

  1. Is that you Ian? Nice start to your blog. Thought I recognised that water pipit photo.
    Best wishes and good luck with the blog.