Real winter arrived here in the valley this weekend. We had around 3 inches of snow last night and awoke to a magpie morning of hush. The Tarn is partly frozen, a condition that should deter hungry cormorants unless they come equipped with a lump hammer.
It warmed a bit during the afternoon and a thaw set in so the snow may not last long. That should please the large flock of goldfinches that now seem to be permanently resident in the back garden. I put out two large feeders of sunflower seeds this morning. By mid afternoon they were empty and the dozen or so goldfinches sitting on the fence opposite the morning room window looked rather over stuffed.
At least its stopped bloody raining.