The Greatest Artist

“Frost is the greatest artist in our clime – he paints in nature and describes in rime.” – Thomas Hood

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The starlings’ mission is to find the frost-free fringes

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January Jottings

A miscellany¬† of pictures from the last few days…

Whatever weather is forecast it is very rare to have a day without some glimpse of brightness:

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Bird activity has been increasing as breeding territories are claimed.  Wrens are usually a peripheral vision flit but this one posed outside the kitchen window:

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Cagney has always been Queen of the Stump

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Here she does a preening performance for an admiring audience

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The drake she hatched in the summer is now rehearsing his crest raising

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He is just one of the Surplus Males who are surviving (temporarily) due to their gorgeousness.  Here is another:

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Some corners still have an Autumn flavour

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while others show a promise of Spring

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These winter visitors remain omnipresent

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Some things never change

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Tracks in the snow

One of the exciting things about snow is the the evidence it provides of passing traffic.

Jessie sees it as her mission to leave her imprint in as many places as possible

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But before she obliterated everything today it was possible to glimpse rabbits

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pheasant

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rabbit turning a corner suddenly

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and fox (maybe seen by rabbit turning a corner suddenly)

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Some other snowy pictures from today:

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Murmur in the Mist

In this wintry season

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we have an ambivalent relationship with our visitors

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They can be spectacular. as individuals

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and of course en masse.

As the light fades

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our Ash Tree cohort gets restless

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until the time is right

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to leave for the night

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joining the swelling throng

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to form a few swirls above

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before heading off North-West

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The occasional window strike

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is still a loss, but one can’t help thinking the flock might not notice.

Meanwhile – a dog in a box

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Premature blooming

A little bit of sunshine

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and some perky little flowers think they can show a bit of colour. It is much appreciated but we know they are being a bit silly.

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We make more business like preparations

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while continuing to harvest last year’s bounty

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