Early Catkins

Early Catkins

Observation - Early Catkins - UK and Ireland. Description: This plant seen in hedgerow at Llanelli WWT site. Just about to lose its final leaves from this year, but appears to have new catkins already. Have seen catkins at turn of year before, but not this early. Mild weather? Some other explanation?

This plant seen in hedgerow at Llanelli WWT site. Just about to lose its final leaves from this year, but appears to have new catkins already. Have seen catkins at turn of year before, but not this "early". Mild weather? Some other explanation?