Waking up to snow gave the day a wintry feel, though the sun meant it was still a pleasant one, and let's face it, snow is very picturesque. Seven Willow Warblers had arrived along the canal south of The Pilot since yesterday, and it was great hearing their wistful song again following their winter holiday. In fact they were almost outnumbering the eight Chiffchaffs, both species favouring the Blackthorn bushes with their fresh blossom in their search for insects. Other birds present this morning along the canal included a Goldcrest, Raven and a Jay. A female Brambling was still in the garden today, and this afternoon a Swallow was spotted at Alderton whist on route to Hidcote Manor Gardens.
(Photo: top and next two below - Willow Warbler, followed by Chiffchaff then bottom photo - Blackthorn blossom).