Rare Phenomenon


An ice spike is a rare natural phenomenon and we were fortunate to wake up to see one on our bird bath the other day. Apparently they are known to occur more often on bird baths and drinking bowls put outside for pets rather than on larger bodies of water.

We had not seen anything like this before. It made the birdbath look more like a sundial. The spike measured just over six inches and remained intact all day, overnight, and only started melting the following day. It finally collapsed into what by then was a pool of water the following afternoon.


Just before it fell however it somehow managed to move from what was then a floating piece of ice onto the rim of the birdbath where (by then just a few inches high) it didn’t deter the Robin from having a much needed drink.


There is quite a lot of information about ice spikes to be found on the web, but until we discovered the one on our birdbath, we hadn’t heard of them at all. The natural world never ceases to amaze and inspire! We might wish that we had warmer temperatures and not so many days when it felt like minus three or even lower, but there are certainly compensations when we are treated to something quite remarkable like this.


Author: annedunford

Now fulfilling my ten year old self's ambition to become a writer - it's taken many years and a long,long winding road to get here! After a lifetime spent teaching, making miniature ceramics, returning to teaching and training, I am now indulging in a lifelong ambition to write!

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