Today, for the first time in far too long, I sat out in my garden and awaited the arrival of our loyal garden birds. The sun glistened on the cherry tree from which we hang our feeders, and soon I was too warm for my coat.
The first visitor was a Collared Dove, one of a pair that frequently pays a visit. Their relationship is quite romantic, and for several years I’ve seen them perched together of an afternoon. No sign of the partner today, but this individual sat in the golden sun for a while, studying me from afar with beady scarlet eyes.
Next was a nippy little Blue Tit who caught me off guard! In my haste to focus the camera, the bird had already taken to the air, and I only managed to capture the back of his head. As handsome as that is, I would have preferred a pretty face!
Finally, a couple of timid dunnocks hopped out from between the fence. The clever things kept behind the bushes for most of the time, but after a while one individual crept out enough for me to get a clear shot.
I may have missed the eclipse earlier this morning due to heavy cloud cover, but for me, getting some snaps of garden birds in spring sunshine is far more rewarding.