We've been experiencing some of our coldest weather of the winter since the calendar flipped over to February. Remember the minus 20 degree temps I posted about last week? Today we're in another deep freeze ~ single digits with overnight temperatures below zero again. ugh.
When it gets this cold, I feel like a slug and certainly don't enjoy being outdoors. I force myself to keep clean water in the birdbath (it's heated) and make sure the feeders stay full. I know this is no time to think of myself and neglect them. Something new, coinciding with the cold ~ a Downy woodpecker has been making daily appearances at the suet cage:
Apologies for the photo ~ it's not the best quality because the suet feeder is at the back of my garden plus it's taken thru the kitchen window glass.
I am happy to welcome him as a regular to the garden and hope he continues to visit even after the temperatures moderate. It is cheering to look out & see him so often.
I've had a lot of non-gardening activities occupying my time lately so maybe it's okay that it's cold? Did I really just type that?? Helps me stay focused and not want to wander outside instead. This weekend is supposed to be much nicer so I plan to check on those snowdrops plus look for any other signs of new life/activity. I hope it's better gardening where you are?