On my way there in the morning, I saw a magpie landing on its nest in a tree opposite the church. A few seconds later, its partner joined it.
Circumstances were much different from June last year at the hide. Still some snow on the ground. In the morning, temperature below zero. Later, it rose to a few degrees above zero.
This meant that the pond in front of the hide, where many birds came to drink last year, was frozen now. As temperature rose, a little water formed on the ice; attracting a male blackbird and other drinking birds.
There were female blackbirds as well.
It was a cloudy day, but it did not rain.
Stay tuned, as there will be more on this blog about the birds on that winter day!