As I'm not likely to show you photos of that just yet I have taken some photos of an ornamental cherry which is covered in blossom. I thought this was odd because it also flowers in the spring but often has some flowers in late autumn and early winter too. At the moment it's quite covered in flowers but they are not as showy as it looks in spring, and as you can see in the first photo, against grey sky the flowers hardly show unless you get close up. Still, in January, who cares - just having any flowers is great! A friend suggested to me that it may be Prunus x subhirtella, which having read about it, I think it probably is.
|Ornamental Cherry blossom|
|A close up of the centre of the flower, just after a shower|
|Some of my Primroses are covered in flowers already!|
I've been practising taking bird photos on our feeders but finding it rather hard as they are very flitty, and even when they are settled on the feeders they are still continually moving as they eat. I need far more practice but these are the best of what I've taken so far.
|Blue Tit. We have tons of these cute little birds.|
|Two Blueys (as I call them) and a Great Tit|
|A little Blue Tit in my wiggly Hazel shrub|
|From further away - a Blue Tit and Greenfinch sharing the fatballs|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
Regular visitors to the fatballs and peanuts!
|Starling taken through the window on the last of the apples|
in our orchard across the road
|My OH took this one through the double glazed window,|
even so it's not bad. This is a Sparrow Hawk who obviously missed
grabbing a small bird from the feeders!