Now I am usually pretty sceptical when it comes to weather forecasts predicting bad conditions as it is usually a way for people to cover their backs, so it was a bit of a surprise to see 5" of lying snow when I got up this morning!
After breaking the ice on the birdbath and chickens water, clearing the birdtable of snow and topping up the feeders I sat back to see what would appear. Over the last couple of days there has been loads of blackbirds about (ringed 10 in 2 days) so it wasn't really a surprise to get a minimum count of 15. Finches were about in good numbers with 25 chaffinch and 20 greenfinch, a pied wag was an unusual visitor but the highlight was nice male siskin (#34) on the nyger seed.
After lunch, I decided to get out for a walk and have a look around the common and the surrounding fields. The roads were still pretty snowy so there was little traffic about and without any wind it was nearly silent.
A small tit flock on the common held a couple of treecreepers and a marsh tit, and there were a few redwings foraging through the leaflitter but not a great deal else. Still, it was nice to get out.
Docking to Fakenham road
Pigs enjoying the snow