11 December 2006

It's winter!


That's it, we give in - it's officially winter here in Goathland we had freezing temperatures all weekend. The first fieldfares may have arrived nearly a fortnight ago and the gunnera gone into hibernation under his winter bedding of straw and horticultural fleece but it was still warm and sunny. So with frostbitten fingers (well, almost - we like to exaggerate) we hung the final winter bird feeders and this morning the peanut feeder outside the office window is smothered in long tail tits over a dozen at one time. They do fly through at other times but are really only seen regularly once the colder weather arrives.
Picture from RSPB. For more on Long-tails have a look at: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/l/longtailedtit/index.asp