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.
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.