A fox hunting for rodents or weak and hungry birds during our cold weather temps of -11 drove all animals out to search for food.
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Where's the snow! We were under at least 6 inches of snow on the 30 December.
in the second picture the fox has clearly spotted something, it is going into that crouch before a spring position foxes take; my lurcher does the same thing.
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we got the snow on 02/01/10 light at first then 5-6 inches on the 6th temperatures -8 on average at night -2 -3 by day.Last of snow going this evening.Lowest temp -17 in Carlow last weekend. Frozen ground still with many frozen water pipes leaving stock without water even where buried to 1.5 - 2 feet.Ground distubance as a result of frost has burst many mains supplies,a lot of bird casulties I suspect.A flock of crows that fly by my home to and from their roost looked 25%-30% lighter this morning with many missing feathers and looking stressed.A lot of people reported foxes coming to houses in search of food.The huge numbers of visiting birds have devoured all the berries our native species use and half the Winter is still to come so still hard times ahead.
Who knows what effect this cold winter will have. The 62/63 winter saw a 78% decrease in farmland wrens and the less severe winter of 78/79 saw a 43% decrease in farmland wrens (Cawthorne, R. A. and Marchant, J. H.(1980) 'The effects of the 1978/79 winter on British bird populations', Bird Study, 27: 3, 163 â€” 172). The birds picked up after the 62/63 winter but not the 78/79 winter.
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