Today I awoke to freezing temperatures - not unusual at the moment, but this was accompanied by freezing fog.
A neighbour's tree covered in ice
and likewise cobwebs on the front hedge
The garden was full of birds today, so herewith some of my visitors.
(All today's pictures were taken through glass, on a very high ISO and therefore sadly lacking in definition! Hey ho!)
Goldfinches and Greenfinches
Blue Tit... looking very cold
This Blue Tit is a regular visitor and distinguishable by his elongated beak. This is a common occurrence. He seems to favour the fat block although will pick up sunflower hearts from the ground feeder in the guardian cage. Today I supplied an apple which, although I thought the Blackbirds would be the prime feeders, the Blue Tit made inroads into the fruit!
Half the apple which had only been out about 4 hours!
I had to cut back this willow, prior to digging it out. I decided to leave it for the time being and had pasted some (crunch) Peanut Butter on both "ends". The blackbirds love it, so I will put some more on tomorrow morning!
Mr. Blackcap has stayed constantly since I first saw him (on 16 December 2008), but Mrs. Blackcap's visit of the other day must have just been a "fly through" as she's not been seen since. Perhaps Mr. wasn't to her taste :)
(I've had to de-ice the bird bath at least three times this morning from about 6.30 a.m. onwards! And it was a tad chilly nipping out in the PJs)
But given that Mr. Blackcap and other birds visit it so often, it makes it so worthwhile!
One of the regulars wondering what that rather large "eye" was peering at him!
and this morning, two Jays visited - one of them stayed for a drink and a bath. This is the only (naturally) non-frozen water in the garden and proving very popular.
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