Snow!

It seems that winter is having a last battle with spring. We’ve had snow the last two days but rain is forecast for later and milder weather for tomorrow, it will possibly be the last. I know many of you are still under a couple of feet of snow but it’s so unusual for it to snow here in the west of Ireland that the first thing I do is reach for the camera!

Most exciting of all were the hare prints down in the newer wood where there are ash, cherry and oak trees. I followed them for a bit and came across some droppings too. In Ireland we have Irish hares (Lepus timidus hibernicus), a unique subspecies of the Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus). Having studied hares for my thesis they are one of my favourite animals.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Snow!

  1. gaiainaction

    How beautiful your photos, lovely to see snow. Here too in West Cork we had many hail stone showers the past few days, very cold, and frost at night. Like you say, the last battle of winter with spring.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Our Irish ones look very different to your brown hares (much shorter ears to start) but would look very similar to the Mountain hares you’d see in the Peak District and in Scotland.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      We’ve had to rabbit fence our vegetables plots but thankfully they mostly leave the shrubs and small trees alone. Down in the wood the hares are partial to nibbling oak trees but seem to leave the other trees alone. The trees are big enough now to withstand their pruning!!

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