February 2021 Week Two

Most of the UK enjoyed (depending on your point of view) heavy snowfall in the second week of February. Here in Hereford it was just very cold. There were a few dark corners where some snow accumulated, not enough for a decent socially distanced snowball fight though.snow around dead leavesIt was a battle to keep the birds’ water unfrozen and a few trips during the night were needed to keep the smaller ground dishes free from ice for any passing mammals. There is always a pathetic sense of achievement when a perfect disc of ice is removed from the bowl.disc of ice held to the skyThe birds seem to enjoy having a warm bath in the morning. This lone pigeon preferred some privacy and waited for the rest of the flock to leave before seeing to their ablutions.pigeon on birdbathAfter spotting the great spotted woodpecker drumming high up in a tree obscured by branches last week, I was lucky enough to catch him on the fatball feeder.black white and red woodpecker on fatball feederThe snowdrops remain tight lipped, apart from a single double, or is it even triple, flowered one.

More signs that spring is on the way include the cherry plum blossom starting to bud.red buds on treeAnd the flowering currant in bud also.green leaves in bud

 

 

 

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