Autumn colours have been particularly good late into the autumn after mild weather in October. So now we are going to have an extra cold winter? No doubt the seasons are less predictable. In a hard winter we may get a chance to see unusual birds migrating south from the more extreme cold in the north and looking for berries and other food in our hedgerows and gardens.. Meanwhile there are still regular sightings of a kingfisher on the Duke’s River. Our other resident birds need water for drinking and bathing, something we can help with when ice sets in.