When the “beast from the east” met Storm Emma

Here are a few photos to record yesterday’s exceptional weather when the cold air from Russia (nicknamed the Beast from the East) met Atlantic Storm Emma and large amounts of snow were dumped on the south west of the UK. Here in Totnes we experienced blizzard conditions for most of  the day, many roads were impassable and a support centre had to be set up to help people stranded in the town.

I have concentrated on some of the birds I saw feeding during the blizzard.  The photos convey the feel of the blizzard; the white-out is also shown very well in the featured image at the top of this post.

 

great tit
great tit

 

Blackbird 2
This blackbird wants to feed but can’t work out how to approach

 

blackbird 1
Here the blackbird has a go but isn’t very successful

 

long-tailed tits and pigeon
two long-tailed tits feeding, watched by a pigeon

 

bike in snow
snow collecting in our neighbour’s front garden

 

totnes in snow 2
the view this morning after the snow stopped falling

9 thoughts on “When the “beast from the east” met Storm Emma”

  1. One of the benefits with this weather is the increasing range of birds visiting our gardens. It provides interesting material for our blogs, the flowers are all buried under snow! I have added apples to the bird food I put out for all the Fieldfares and Redwings visiting.

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  2. We were heading down your way this weekend until we heard the forecast! Being stranded at home yesterday did encourage us to give the birds extra food and enjoy observing them. Sarah x

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