I have had a few visitors a gold crest,the blackbirds are back and in a tree all on his own ,a field fare making that clacking noise.Plenty of foot prints in the snow of birds,foxes ,rodents e.t.c.and during the day light the foxes have been out and about,they normally keep a low profile.The Badgers don't make it this far when its snowing so they have not plowed through the fence for awhile.The robin sings his heart out on top the hawthorn and only hope spring is going soon.
Could it be cats about ? They are very aware of prey and my garden birds will keep away at times when cats are snooping around.
Also birds do like to have a bit of shrubbery nearby to hide in quickly should they need that.
A birdbath nearby is always an attraction to encourage visitors ...even in winter and during the snow it's an essential part of their lifestyle to help rid themselves of lice. The lice are there because of huddling together during freezing nights.... but the birdbath needs attention every day to be cleaned out and topped up. I keep antibacterial spray and an old brush nearby for that ....and give a thorough wash-out every now and again when I have more time. (The wood pigeons like to poo in it !)
I have had lots of birds in my garden, I put out some fruit and some porridge oats (not cooked obviously) the blackbirds love it, I've got a peanut feeder and a fat ball feeder.and meal worms.in a dish. Blackbird is the bossy one, chasing the starlings and anyone else that might try and take his meal worms. I have been out there breaking the ice on the bird bath several times a day. Luckily the snow has now gone from Bournemouth. I will be doing the Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend, it is something I do every year.
I never thought of porridge oats, must try it! We have been out every day giving them nuts and breadcrumbs in fat and they have been clearing it up pretty quickly. We make sure everything is in small pieces to stop the larger birds such as crows and magpies making off with it all!
I only buy Asda cheep porridge oats,nothing fancy.
We in in Neyland, so there has been no snow for us! Tell a lie we had a dusting overnight that had gone by mid morning, the birds are eating everything we put out for thrm, includiing mealy worms and rasins and apples.
Big Bird Watch week end again and the bird's have gone on holiday,All I have seen so far is a couple of Wood Pigeon's Crow's and Magpie's,No small bird's at all.