At last! The ground is frozen rock hard, and I can drive in and out with the trailer full of logs without making everything muddy... It also looks great, and we've got the bird feeder filled up again, so lots of photo opportunities:
In the wayleave, the sun doesn't reach much of the ground during December and January, so the frost builds up during cold spells:
Some nice views looking in through our entrance from the wayleave too:
Anyway, back to the bird photos. We keep a bird feeder topped up during the cold weather. I don't know how much difference it really makes in the long run, but it's nice to see which birds are around and get a few pictures. Interestingly, there have only been two types of birds coming to the feeder so far: Robins and Marsh Tits. The Robins tend to pick up seeds from the ground rather than using the feeder itself:
Though this of course means they need to keep an eye out for danger, which I guess is why this one is trying to make itself as tall as it can:
The Marsh Tits are easier to photograph than the Robins, as they sit in the young coppice nearby for a bit before coming to the feeder:
I managed to get a few of them in flight too, though this required sitting still a short distance away for quite a while, and I got pretty cold!
What's odd is that there are no Blue Tits or Great Tits so far this winter, I'm not sure why...