Friday, 15 January 2016

Winter is here today

 When we woke up this morning, there was a blanket of snow and the temperature was below freezing for the first time this winter.  We are back to seasonal norms today.
 The trees were dusted and the pond was frozen.  Good news for many of the dormant flower seeds.
 Mealworms went out on the ground feeder to bolster the local birds in this cool weather.  The resident blackbirds were the first to take advantage of this additional feed.
 Robins soon noticed the remnants of the treat and tucked in.  Thrushes were taking the fatty nibbles and the sparrows and goldfinches were there in abundance.  Starlings came to finish off the fatty nibbles and the tits and chaffinches were busy on the sunflower hearts.
 This little bird was watching from the comfort of his olive tree.
And of course, Max was, as always, oblivious to the activities of the morning, having a full belly and a warm seat in the conservatory.  Take care today, there are lots of reports on the media about local traffic mayhem.  Stoke always grinds to a halt in this weather as the local roads are not gritted and many drivers have little idea of how to drive on icy roads.  We shopped yesterday and now have the luxury of being able to stay indoors.

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