mid February

The Flockette are still around but not so frequently seen as a tight group and male cardinals are starting to sing. The scientific speculation about so many groups of cardinals seen this winter blames the weather: thick snow frequently frozen after rain has become an impenetrable layer for ground feeders so they are forced to use feeders more.

Worryingly, the pair of Carolina Wrens has not been seen for a week, following the latest spell of very cold temperatures.

14 February saw the arrival of the biggest flock of Mourning Doves yet this winter: eight, scrambling all over the birdfeeders, trying to establish footholds; some of them were also showing signs of seasonal behaviour, waddling after one another.

16 February both Carolina Wrens returned to the feeders, both looking healthy.