Today I only had the afternoon to "play". The sun was shining and warm and I headed off for a bit of birding at RHS Wisely. I'd taken a light jacket - which I carried in my backpack all afternoon.
Warm sun, my first Peacock Butterfly of the year; Yellow Brimstones; Bumble bees, the scent of many flowering shrubs, birds... - hey reality check - yep - it's the UK and it's Spring!
I saw: at the feeder on Battlestone Hill - Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Siskin (female) Chaffinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Treecreeper
And nestbox 47 is still being visited (FAB please note)
Elsewhere in the gardens: Green Woodpecker (well - on a tree in the Golf course seen across the river from the gardens) and Grey Wagtail (on a branch in the river); the usual Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. Blackbird, Goldfinches and Robin etc. etc.
Blackbird singing his sub-song high on the building's roof
Great Spotted Woodpecker - he likes sunflower hearts!
as does this female Siskin
and the Nuthatch
The chaffinch sits high up in the tree
but feeds (mostly) on the ground
whilst the Grey Wagtail prefers a watery perch
and I can't post without including a singing Robin
Flowers around the garden
And in the Glasshouse
Oh how I love Spring :D
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