Photographer's Note

I dedicate this upload to Bev (fellow garden bird lover) and Malgo (as she's posted a few images showing last weekend's unexpected heavy snowfall).

Where I was staying at the time, this sudden return of winter brought lots of damage to conifer trees (wet, relentless snow was so heavy that several branches fell down and smaller trees got bent to the ground or broken). We also experienced a long (over 20 hours with a short break in the middle) power cut.

Now, we don't normally think how much we rely on an uninterrupted supply of the electric current. There was no light, but also the freezer stopped working, as did the heating (the boiler requires electricity to continue working) and consequently, the supply of hot water. If that was not enough, the power cut also meant no internet and the mobile phone signal disappeared. And, of course, my whole "to-do" list became useless - no washing, hoovering, washing up or working on the computer.

Fortunately, the snow also brought lots of birds attracted to our garden feeders. As I couldn't go for a walk (caring, on my own, for my incapacitated mum, as the carer we employ had a weekend off), my feathered friends provided much welcome entertainment and a handy photo subject. I took lots of pictures, the birds presented here are (clockwise from top left): male chaffinch, male hawfinch, female chaffing and male goldfinch.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1692 W: 9 N: 3499] (17676)
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