Snow has largely disappeared and a quick check has now revealed seven bee orchids in the garden.


As the snow gets deeper, more birds are coming into the garden for food – raven (!!), fieldfare (they like chopped apple) and reed bunting (seems like they always appear this time of year, no matter what the weather).

Just one tiny white molehill is now left standing in a sea of lush grass. Two sticks and two sprouts were once the arms and eyes of a 7 foot snowman. The snow encouraged a couple of greenfinches to visit the garden in search of scraps – the first for many, many months. Tawny owl hooting away last night and eight long tailed tits on the fat block.

Lovely deep snow on Pittern Hill – just missed this passing animal by a hare’s breadth… that’s a clue if you want to know who made these nice fresh snowprints…

Lots of deer footprints and plenty more hare marks to be seen. But few birds of note – just one redwing between Pittern Hill and Combrook. But a pair of red kites over at Compton Verney and for a while both were perched atop a tall isolated tree.

The snow has a very different composition on top of the hill compared to down in the village – much more powdery, and all the hedges coated in spiky rime.

PS… The phrase ‘hare’s breath’ is a malapropism which is commonly used by people who mean ‘a hair’s breadth’. While ‘hare’s breath’ at least makes sense, other variations of this malapropism, such as ‘hair’s breath’ are totally illogical. The confusion about this phrase reflects a common problem with homophones in the English language: because ‘hair’ and ‘hare’ and ‘breath’ and ‘breadth’ sound so similar, people sometimes mix the words up when they are writing, especially if they have never seen the phrase written out before. Got it?