There is a growing awareness (still a long way to go) that tidying the garden as we go into winter is a bad thing to do. Leaving our garden “scruffy” until spring means that birds like these American Goldfinches can find something to eat without needing to rely on our feeders.
These birds were eating seeds from a small-flowered form of sunflower.
A week ago these trees were heavy with gloriously golden leaves. Last night the temperature dropped to -2C and this morning all the leaves are on the ground. There was ice in puddles. Snow can’t be far away.