Sub Zero

With the ‘Beast from the East’ in full swing, and temperatures hitting well below 0, the garden is packed with birds looking for shelter and a easy meal.

Looking out over the garden I can see 5 robins forgetting to be territorial as they share the food we’ve put out for them.

It is important this time of year not only to put food out for the birds but to make sure there is fresh water available.

Many birds that I normally only see in the fields have been venturing into the garden such as Fieldfares, Pheasants, Thrushes and finches as well as birds like this female Reed Bunting.


Feeding time


It has been a constant battle not only to provide freshwater but to keep our pond from freezing. Many aquatic creatures can been seen moving just under the ice.


I have had the trail cameras out the last few nights but the badgers seem to be torpid, which means they will do the minimum amount of moving around, just using the latrines, small amount of scent marking and patrolling territory, while looking for food. Most of the time will be spent sleeping.

Badger sett

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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1 Response to Sub Zero

  1. You have said it. Its our responsibility to provide fresh water and food for those tiny birds at sub zero temperatures.

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