It is the spring equinox today; and although I have heard the blackbirds sing for a short time, it is the first time this year that I have seen them take up the highest part of the land, (tv aerial) and begin their song in earnest.
It is probably in rejoice that the snow has finally departed, and the first really warm day of the year has warmed their feathers.
It never ceases to amaze that the first flake of snow arriving in London, spark off an apocalyptic panic and the UK transport network comes to a halt.
What does not come to a halt however, is the wildlife at this time of year. The extra cold has brought on extra feeding of the garden birds.
I have not seen a Chaffinch for years, and here are a male and a female sharing a horde of sunflower seeds.
It has been cold, and the weather out at sea so bad that we have also had seagulls in the garden.
Good to see the Blackbirds. I look forward to the next few weeks when the weather may start to warm up slightly and the Blackbirds begin their spring song.
With another downfall of snow, a bemused blue tit looks down in wonder as to what has happened with the cage feeder? It does not take long before the culprit re-emerges. A hungry corvid dangles precariously from the feeder. I would have thought that this bird would be happier feeding on the ground? There was plenty of spilt seeds on the lawn, but this one was adamant it wanted what was in that cage.
I recently managed to buy an old wire window box which I painted up and installed a few lavender plants that will look nice in the coming summer.
The snow did not last long today and melted as quickly as it arrived. We are still in for a very cold week. The birds will be thankful of anything extra us ‘gardeners’ put out for them.