Friday 3 February 2023

Signs of spring

There were a few signs of approaching spring. Some yellow crocuses have come out beside the Long Water.

Robins were starting to pair up. Two were flirting tentatively under a bench in the Flower Walk.

Another pair were taking notice of each other beside the leaf yard, though I couldn't get them both into the same picture.

A pair of Coal Tits darted through the corkscrew hazel bush ...

... and a Wren hopped around on the path below.

A Long-Tailed Tit alighted on a twig in the Rose Garden.

A Carrion Crow ripped up a crisp packet to extract the last crumbs.

Redwings hauled up worms on the Parade Ground.

A Starling shone in the sunlight.

So did a Cormorant on a post at Peter Pan.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes at the island displayed and performed their dance with weed.

There was one other grebe by itself resting on the Serpentine.

The Little Grebe in the Italian Garden preened and stretched, then came out to join the Tufted Ducks and Mallards.


  1. It's extremely cold here still (for our standards, that is) - I'm amazed spring is beginning to be sprung over there! The two Robins peacefully hopping side by side without trying to kill one another should be sign enough.

    1. We're only just into February and probably some nasty surprises are in store, but things are beginning to happen and they can't be unhappened.

  2. I've seen a few pairs forming - triumph of optimism over experience perhaps? Love the grebes, I have yet to see ours in action

    1. Sadly, it's too early for grebes to breed successfully. Not nearly enough small fish. The wiser ones wait till summer.