As the weather warms up, the early flowers continue to emerge. As a consequence, photography changes from trying to catch ever-diminishing birds flying higher in the trees, to bugs and plants which are nearer at hand.
It's just dawned on me why we're having an early spring this year - it's because Easter is so early! The Lenten Rose (above) is appropriately named for a change, flowering through Lent.
Early morning walks in the sunshine confirmed the recent invasion of Chaffinches, which seem to be everywhere - hedgerow, field, garden and woodland - but nary a one is a Brambling.
A good variety of birds were heard and sometimes seen....including Yellowhammers, Goldcrests (and a Firecrest), Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, the larger Woodpeckers and a Sparrowhawk.
On the sea were just a few Great-Crested Grebes and a solitary Red-Throated Diver. A Peregrine Falcon was again seen hunting along the clifftop.
It is clear from the exodus of 'garden' birds from the garden that the food supply has been augmented by bugs, an ugly example of which is shown below. Click on the photo for a real treat.