Woke this morning to a brown day, all the snow is gone from the garden. It feels very strange :-). Good for the birds, they can now find food in the garden again, not that we stop feeding them, we certainly don’t! And there’s easy water again too as the pond is largely unfrozen again.
I think quite a few birds died in the cold. When it first started there were masses out there at the feeding station in front of the kitchen. Over the past couple of weeks the numbers have gone down. I’m sad about this, I hope there’s a good crop of chicks next spring. We’ll be keeping the feeding up to help.