Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 5, 2010

In the bleak midwinter

We’re experiencing a once per decade (or generation?) dose of negative phase of the Arctic oscillation. The net effect of this is to cover all in snow and ice as the prevailing winds have switched to north-easterly, bringing the winter wonderland with it.

At Cafe Twitch, I’ve been feeding the birds in the garden daily to help them make it through this spell, by putting down plenty of seeds, concentrated feed etc and drinking water.

A Robin flits down to take some feed.

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

He’s joined by a Blackbird.

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

And in turn by Starlings.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

A Chaffinch makes directly for the seeds.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

In the tree lurks a Collared Dove. It soon takes to the air once spied.

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

A Woodpigeon also ventures into the garden.

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

A Blue Tit was in the tree

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

And a Great Tit made it onto the feeder

Great Tit (Parus major)

In the bushes I saw a Wren

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Now, a few more winter photos. An elegiac reminder of warmer days – Cow Parsley from the summer now collects snow.

Lake Wilton is completely frozen, with all birds disappeared for now.

The only hint any were there is a trail of footprints in the snow…

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