Sunday, 20 January 2013

Daffodils and Snow

January Daffodils

An interesting week. On Wednesday I discovered this patch of daffodils in the garden which seem to have been flowering for some time. A touch of spring!

On Friday, winter arrived with 15 cms of snow.

Going back to Wednesday - a glorious sunny day tempted the Roe Deer family to visit. The doe and her twins born last May, who are now the same size as she is, spent most of the afternoon on the front lawn, eating anything they could find and washing it down with water from the bird bath!

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Roe Deer drinking out of the bird bath

The tough winter means the deer, both roe and muntjacs, are spending a lot of time in the garden. I guess there are more tasty shrubs and grass in the garden than in the woods. The Muntjacs especially visit numerous times each day.

It snowed all day on Friday and the weather has remained dull and miserable ever since.

The bird feeders are overrun with small birds - blue tits, coal tits, great tits and long-tailed tits. The robins, blackbirds and pheasants are congregating beneath the feeders to catch to the crumbs and dropped seeds.

Here is a photo of one of the Muntjacs with a little robin in the snow, taken this afternoon.

The temperature has not risen above freezing for the last 3 days - tough for the creatures with little shelter.

Muntjac and Robin

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