Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

What No Snow?

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It’s gone! Last nights forecasted snow passed us by, rain came and washed away the snow. There was  a glimpse of green, all be it briefly, then we were shrouded in mist.

Tree in mist-1

I’m sure  the change in the weather has offered some respite for wildlife desperate for food, the ground is still frozen solid but at least there was chance of turning over some leaf litter in search of a grub or two.

A kestrel took things easy, watched and waited for voles with no place to hide, now their network of snow tunnels has melted away.

kestrel -1 

And a squirrel* eyed up my new bird feeder

I'm watching you-1

* he doesn’t look malnourished does he?

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “What No Snow?

  1. Spud must be disappointed, but I’m quite glad to hear the weather is improving as we’re on our way back tomorrow and I’d quite like the planes and trains to be running.

    Love the squirrel pic, something about the way its holding its paws looks very human

  2. I saw a kestrel recently, right up close. It was sitting on the parapet of a bridge eating some creature it had caught and it didn’t notice me drive past (in my super smooth and silent Micra!) I was struck by how pink its breast was, a beautiful rosy colour, speckled with grey, I think. I stopped and watched it for quiet a while. I had no camera with me, unfortunately.

  3. Yes!! Raining in Co Durham today.. love it ..love it. I never thought I’d say I loved rain, but..well it’s not snow!

  4. Oh..and that squirrel looks distinctly overweight.. and very grey. Hunted species up here. Saw two reds on the edge of Hamsterley Forest last week, I had to stop the Landie and watch them. What happened to “I’m always going to take my camera with me just in case”? forgot it again!

  5. We’ve had some rain, but not quite enough to completely finish off the snow! Council sent out JCBs to start moving the huge mounds accumulated when we cleared the streets (the hard way, with shovels!).

    As for Tufty, he really got fat, didn’t he? And grey, come to think of it …

  6. Rain here too, and most of the snow gone. Although I hear more is forecast?

  7. Fog boiling through a valley is worth watching, isn’t it! Filled with mystery. All of this being quite appealing unless a person has to drive somewhere. Astonishing how green the hills are.

  8. I envy you your green hills. Everything here is very sunbleached shades of tan/yellow. I envy you the rain, too. We really need some moisture

  9. Same here, all gone. Not actively raining though.

  10. We so rarely have misty moments here, I so appreciate seeing yours. Hoping the warmer temps melt our snow away soon.

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