Forty-eight hours of snow and cold weather brought the nation to its knees this week. It normally does.
Still, at least the cold weather means decent garden birding at last.
With the mild winter we have had to date, I've not had much in the garden apart from the House Sparrows and a lone Blackcap a few weeks back. However, the cold weather drives birds into gardens looking for food, and as ever, I was there to oblige. So, the 2007 garden list got a little boost.
Visitors in the last three days include: Starlings, House Sparrows, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeons, Redwing, Dunnock, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Wren.
And, as I write this update a few days later, the Blackcap reappeared for a quick photocall - most obliging.