The month started off cold and snowy with about 3 inches falling at Attenborough. The following morning dawned clear and bright which provided some beautiful soft light for photographing the wildfowl down on the reserve.
The cold weather also increased the activity in my garden, as more and more birds came in off the reserve to feast on the food in my feeders.
Although the number of birds coming to the feeders increased greatly as the short cold spell continued, there was nowhere near the variety of species I had last year. The Marsh Tit below is about the only moderately unusual bird I've seen in my garden so far this year.
Also in contrast to last year, the dominant species is the House Sparrow. Last winter I didn't see a single one in my garden!
The first wildflowers of the year were in bloom by the middle of the month.
The cold weather didn't last long this year and by the end of the month the temperatures were more akin to April than February.
The local Coots were becoming more and more territorial as the month went on, and fierce fights and territorial displays were common.
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