I went for a run up the Finkenberg early this morning and was rewarded by seeing two common crossbills.
I expected them to fly away when I stopped to photograph them but instead they both came down to the road in front of me and allowed me to get quite close.
The first brambling and siskin of the winter are always exciting, but the excitement wears off quickly when you've seen them every day for two months. I don't think I'll ever be unexcited by seeing crossbills though.
It's been a nice sunny day today and the snow is rapidly melting. I took a look at an area in our garden where the snow had melted and the snowdrops are already flowering. They've already spread under the trees where we cleared a lot of undergrowth last year. I'll get a photograph when there's a bigger area clear of snow.