A smattering of birds seen this week, as the first flush of spring migration gets under way......
...and a gang of Tree Sparrows, still flocking together at the Grain Barn on Walland Marsh (where I met the Tattooed Twins - hi guys) and soon to go their separate ways to nest. Oh, and a House Sparrow on the left.
One of the plants that I had hoped to find this spring is the Butcher's Broom, and I stumbled upon a couple of examples today.
I found this bush too late to see its flowers, but the early fruit can be seen developing on what seems to be its leaves (they aren't leaves apparently - confusing).
As the year progresses, the fruits will mature into bright red berries, some of which are still on the plant as the next year's crop is emerging.
And finally, a Siskin kindly appeared by my back door this morning, singing and chattering away. Everyone else seems to have had these (normally infrequent) birds in their gardens recently, but I've not had the pleasure.
Unfortunately he was shy of singing for the camera, so just gave a littl;e yawn. It was early in the morning.