by Jane Moore

... I got some great shots of a bird's footprints in the snow but I'm not sure I can identify the bird!

Picture of a rhubarb forcer covered in snow.We’ve had our fair share of the snow here in Bath. I spent Monday moving pots around in near blizzard conditions at the garden where I work as Head Gardener. I had snowflakes settling on every ripple and fold of my clothes – even on my eyelashes!

I know it’s a nuisance but it’s rather lovely too. Everything looks so different in the snow. I’ve been running around with my camera taking all sorts of snowy pictures – at work, at home and up on the allotment too. I managed to get up to the plot on Wednesday. I wasn’t alone as a few children were making the most of the weather and throwing snowballs over onto the next door playing field. There were even one or two people at their allotments, taking pictures and brushing snow off their vulnerable plants.

At the plot we have brilliant views of Solsbury Hill, which looks wonderful covered by a thick, white blanket. And I got some great shots of a bird’s footprints in the snow but I’m not sure I can identify the bird!

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Gardeners' World Web User 07/02/2009 at 15:02

The garden with the tree's covered in snow look fantastic my cotinus has large blobs of snow attached to the twigs which look like flowers and my willow tree the top is covered in snow which gives it a great hairstyle effect. Here in Northampton we have had so much snow it does look wonderful whilst it is untouch. Just need now to beable to get into the greenhouse to check on my seedlings which is impossible at the moment.and still more is forecast for tomorrow.

Gardeners' World Web User 07/02/2009 at 17:43

Well only certain birds are ground feeders. So the print is most likely either the robin, blackbird or a dunnock one of which I have regularly in the garden and call him Dexter.

Gardeners' World Web User 08/02/2009 at 16:42

I am baffled as to why i have condensation in a polycarbonate greenhouse, consequently all my geraniums have now withered with grey furry mould, can anyone advise what to do

Gardeners' World Web User 08/02/2009 at 20:19

Went to my allotment this afternoon and saw some big bird footprints. Almost certainly of a local crow, however all the corvids will scavenge on the ground. That includes rooks, magpies, jackdaws jays, not to mention choughs and ravens.

Gardeners' World Web User 09/02/2009 at 11:13

Thanks for the ideas on my mystery bird! I think it's most likely to be a blackbird as the footprints are about the right size - and I do have a friendly (but shy)blackbird who hovers about when I'm working on the plot.

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