By mollyblobs


The feeders have been quite busy today - mostly with the usual range of small birds including a rather cheeky wren, but with brief visits from both the ring-necked parakeet and this smart male great spotted woodpecker. Watching the birds makes a nice diversion from data entry.

After lunch I had a gentle walk round the nearby village of Sutton, where I was delighted to see the emerging leaves of meadow saxifrage, a rather uncommon plant generally restricted to old grassland. There were also a few other signs of spring - a couple of primroses in flower and the winter aconites showing fat yellow buds - as soon as we have some sunshine they'll be in full bloom.

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