With renewed snow overnight, the garden was a looking a picture carpeted with a blanket of 4 inches of snow. A lone Song Thrush (a bit of a garden rarity sadly these days) perched briefly in the left-hand tree before being chased off by 1 of 4 Blackbirds present. The Robin was feeding on the seed I'd just put out and this was also appreciated by a Dunnock and up to 4 Wood Pigeon. A Blue Tit also paid a quick visit but the 4 Great tits & Greenfinch preferred to use the seed feeder hanging from the tree.
A Magpie quickly took advantage of the bread put out on the bird table.
At 9.05am a small party of 4 Snipe flew low west over the garden and 1 peeled off and appeared to land in the corner of the garden nearest the conservatory. I failed to see the bird on the deck it must have flown off shortly afterwards, but it's footprints in the snow confirmed it had landed, albeit briefly.
This species has been much anticipated (especially in this hard weather) for the garden and is a very welcome garden tick).