After a couple of foggy cold days, the sunshine has returned to us. It’s cold out of the sun though and the insects must be feeling it as it was a lot quieter when I went for a walk today. Last weekend there were bees everywhere, but today I’ve only seen a couple of Bumbles passing.
The only insect I got a photo of was this Ladybird:
However, what today lacked in insects, it more than made up for in birds! For some reason, the bird feeders in the garden have been very popular today with quite a range of birds. I haven’t managed to get photos of all of them, but the list includes Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Chaffinches, Robins, Sparrows, Dunnocks and the crazy antics of the Jackdaws and a Magpie trying to get seeds!
Here’s my favourite shot – I love how I was getting a shot of a Sparrow, and the Chaffinch and Blue Tit sneaked into the photo!
And here are a bunch of other bird photos:
And a special separate gallery for the most common look on a bird’s face when I’m pointing a camera at him or her – the “what are you doing?” look 🙂
And not just birds, but lambs! They were close enough for decent shots today for a change:
So, what is going on in the Plant Kingdom? The Willow catkins are now turning from furry to yellow and frilly:
The Daffodils in my garden are now wide open and looking pretty:
I found one patch of Blackthorn that has started to flower, though most of the hedge is still just buds:
The Forsythia bushes are all fully in flower now and the Flowering Currant is nearly there:
And then we have a selection of flowers I found round and about:
There are lots of buds and leaves emerging now so things are getting greener:
And here’s something weird I’ve not noticed before – I thought this was perhaps Hazel in the hedgerow and I was looking at the buds among the catkins and many of them seem to have these little pinky-red spiky bits … I wonder what they are – does anyone reading know? Edited to add: I’ve just googled and discovered I was right – it is Hazel, and the pink bud things are actually the female flowers (the catkins are the male flowers) – you learn something new every day!
Well, what a long post! Hope you enjoyed seeing more of spring emerging 🙂