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This time of year you often see birds sparring in the air but it is hard to see what is going on. Here something else has triggered the camera as these two Chaffinch males fall into shot with claws still engaged in each other.
This dunnock swoops in to the site.
Corn is the favourite of the tits.
This Willow warbler teased us for a while before we got this little portrait in the blossom.
This fieldmouse (wood mouse) is unusually vertical. We have no idea why.
Peeping from under a bush and sharing its land with an ivy, the primrose flowers face the sun.
Cherry blossom is the dominant feature at the moment. Whole trees just don't work as small photos, so here is a sprig against the spring sky.
Can you find the third fieldmouse (wood mouse)? It is possibly pleased the one above didn't land on him, a bit like we feel about helicopter pilots practicing over our patch.
First time we have seen the male sitting at the buffet.
The fieldmice (wood mice) are obviously feeling very frisky (as if that is anything limited to Spring).
We have now found the nest this pair of magpies are building from scratch in an un-topped hedge a few metres from the house. Their nest of the last few years is being 'refurbished' by jackdaws.
The Robin may be chasing off the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse), or they may both have startled by something to the right.
Can't resist another cherry blossom.
The gymnastics these mice achieve beggars belief. There is nothing above for them to jump down from so these are free-standing leaps.
Sunlight playing over trees against dark skies is always dramatic. The tallest tree in the image is a black poplar - the tallest of all our plantings. The rest are silver birch.
A detail from a bed of violet flowers
Yellowhammer are ONLY seen at this site and are so often seen as a pair that they have obviously found a nest site.
Not noticed when photographing this Cherry blossom, there is a whole miniature (upside down) world in the big water drop. If you like this sort of thing see the image for 28 Dec 2006.
Relief to see a bee with all their recent woes. We have also had a few visiting the flowers in our conservatory come greenhouse.
Robins are laying in town nest boxes already. In this more exposed environment the Robins are still in territorial and show-off modes. We don't know which this is.
Warm enough to tempt out this Ladybird for a walk on the violets.
Mouse's eye view of a snowdrop.
Spring flowers are here! This is Cherry blossom - indeed 'loveliest of trees'.
From the snowfall almost a month ago, even here the colours of spring can be spotted in the willows.
Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) with tail elegantly draped over the end of the log.
Whatever has spurred this Great Tit into flight is obviously higher priority than the corn grain it has dropped.
Judging from the lack of movement blur this fieldmouse (wood mouse) is at the top of its leap (or it is doing the 'Indian Tail Trick').
Portrait of a Dunnock.
The loss of one (probably many more) to the Kestrel has had no noticeable effect on the numbers or behaviour.
Great Tit flying off with a whole peanut to eat elsewhere. Once the breeding season is underway we avoid putting out whole nuts in case young birds choke on them.
The worms are being forced to the surface by the waterlogged soil, pleasing this female Chaffinch who has a tiny one in her beak.
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