|Honey Bee visiting a Crocus|
|Another Honey Bee taking advantage of the early spring blooms|
Other flowers are also starting to appear, including the first of this years Daffodils, a sight which surely lifts the coldest of hearts, while the blue flowers of Anemone blanda and the yellow blooms of Forsythia are also appearing here and there. The blue and purple flowers of Lungwort (or Pulmonaria if you prefer) are additionally just starting to open and since I've had a stinking cold this week I think I could have done with a herbal remedy using the leaves of this once favourite plant of the medieval herbalists (though whether this would be advisable I'm not really sure). However despite a search in the usual spots I have not been able to find any Violets yet, but given some fine weather I'm sure they will soon appear (Violets being a particular favourite of mine).
|Snowdrops and Crocuses|
|Crocuses enjoying the sunshine|
|First Daffodil of the year|
Bird wise a pair of Siskins visiting the Nyjer feeders was the main highlight (a good first target for my new camera combination) and after shunning our garden for the whole winter it was only typical that they would appear on the most spring like week we have thus far enjoyed in 2013. Elsewhere the pair of Bullfinches are still being seen feeding on the blossom buds, their delicate 'piping' calls being heard throughout much of the day, while the more common garden songbirds have been excelling themselves this week and providing a fine chorus of soothing and varied notes, though special mention must go out to the Song Thrush which seems to sing from dawn to dusk atop the Ash tree. Meanwhile at night the local Tawny Owls have been noticeably more active and on a couple of evenings they have been seen in the trees surrounding the house, seemingly indifferent to our presence as they silently sit and keep an eye out for their next meal.
|A pair of Siskins enjoying some Nyjer seed|
|The male Siskin watching me get a little bit too close (he flew away shortly after I took this photo)|
|A little Jenny Wren|