Fieldfare

Fieldfare

A member of the thrush family which flies south to Britain for the easier living in the winter.

Fieldfares normally come into urban areas only when conditions get harsh – here to feast on a rotting apple left out for birds. Understandably, the bird was more concerned with eating than with showing itself off at a good angle.

Shrivelled rosehip

Shrivelled rosehip

Even before the present big freeze, most of the berries left were as inedible as this rosehip.

Urban birds are going to be even more dependent than ever on food put out in feeders and on bird tables.

Wood pigeon footprint

Wood pigeon footprint

The current big freeze makes wild animals and birds more desperate in their seach for food.

The snow also means they leave more signs where they have been.

Muscovy duck

Muscovy duck

Not one of the most elegant of duck species. This individual and its mate seemed keen to use a notice board as a look-out post.

Muscovy duck

Pochard

Pochard

The white body feathers of these pochards are covered in a series of darker squiggles, called vermiculations to mark their supposed resemblance to worms.

Butter waxcap

Butter waxcap

When free of frost, this waxcap was bright yellow (see below). Probably the butter waxcap, but several others are also yellow.

Butter waxcap