So today it was the exceptional hunger of the birds which caught my attention.
The past two springs, the only birds here in the winter have been a couple of blackbirds, the owls, a couple of dunnock, the resident sparrows and the crows. This winter, instead of trying to tempt them near the house to feed, I have been putting food at the top of the hedge, round the corner. The result has been a spectacular number of coal tits, and great tits and the odd blue tit, and chaffinches. They are always a hungry lot, but today were ravenous. I take it that the raised wind chill factor has coincided with nest building and the bodies gearing up for egg laying.