Late February snow

The snow arrived at 8 o’clock this morning and by the end of the day we had five inches or so…

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Frozen solid

We have ambivalent feelings about our over-wintering Starling flock – our poultry food bills do seem to be up.

In the current Big Freeze different species can scritch and scratch for the food they need but when it comes to water…

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The Wren has commandeered the compost bins as its exclusive scritch and scratch territory

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Some birds are more stoic

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The high pressure brings clarity of light

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Meanwhile, we are preparing wood for next winter

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Geriatric sex

Three weeks ago Bert and Dinah had a tryst

But it would seem to have been unproductive as today, three weeks later, they were mooning together

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Dinah trotted to the meeting place

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and snacked as she waited

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Bert was keen

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but suffered an exit malfunction which made him incapable.

All he could do was show off his scars and iodine spray to his unsatisfied neighbour

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Pretending it is Spring

With temperatures in double digits, still air, a little sun and NO RAIN we have been pretending it is Spring

Flowering bulbs help

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The Cayuga house has had a Spring Clean
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and they have a new Spring Bathing Pool
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The owl box, blown down in Autumn storms, is back in place for a Spring Brood
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and the Mistle Thrush has taken up his position at the top of the Ash
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We know we will shortly be sent back into hibernation but for the time being it is great pretending.