Blackbird in the snow
Less than two weeks ago the ground was covered with snow. Birds huddled out of view. Now the weather is mild and the air is filled with bird song again. They are not in full voice yet but the chorus is increasing day by day. There are pairs of blackbirds, robins, blue tits, goldfinches and sparrows in the garden from dawn to dusk.
Blackbird in birdbath
The blackbirds above are permanent residents in this corner of the garden, just outside our French windows. They like the cover of the bushes.
It is a delight to watch red kites as they fly over the roof tops.
We often see just one hunting. Now up to four fly over. Male and female circle each other for a while. Then they dive across the sky straight at each other to touch talons in a risky and spectacular courtship dance. Usually their courtship begins in March so I hope there will be more displays.
Crows are busy too. Recently I watched a pair of crows stuffing twigs down a nearby chimney.
Starlings are nesting in the eaves next door.
I love the way seasons change, the way winter lingers here and there as it gradually releases its grip and slides into spring.