Woodcock have been feeding in the garden now for the last few days, since the beginning of the 'Big Freeze'
They are attracted to the leaf-litter, under the trees which edge the garden and in the damson orchard.
Up to ten individuals have been probing with their long bills under the snow, through the litter, for invertebrates (mostly worms) which they find at an alarming rate.
They continue feeding most of the day, being visible before sunrise and can still be seen feeding at dusk. They come in pairs or small groups and range across the garden, moving systematically from one location to another.
It is real pleasure to be able to observe their activities at such close quarters.