my first visit for a while, too long really.
I was plagued by foliage getting in the way of my "perfect" shots, also unwanted branches.
We could also blame the creatures themselves, they don't want to be pestered do they?
here a wren tries to hide under a leaf -and nearly succeeds.
it's time to say "aah" as the ever present blue tits pose for us.
among the leaves, again.
the fritillaries on show again, though with some frost damage.
I managed to hide those to the rear of this shot, they appear lighter.
a peacock butterfly suns itself on a log heap, after all the cold, it's nice to see some beneficial sunshine.
Also seen, orange tip and speckled wood.
I saw a male mallard chase away a duckling earlier, the female seems to tolerate him still.
He's a bit of a mongrel, a bit dull. He may grow up to be a she, we'll see.
Anyway he has found the surplus seeds below the feeders, so he should survive OK.