Sunday, 19 February 2017

Snowdrop Time

It's that time of year again, when the woodland floor is becoming decorated with Snowdrop flowers. On Shipley Hill, the first of them were opening their blooms in the gloom under the trees.
That particular patch of Snowdrops always seems to beat the rest into flower, despite being in the most shaded and seemingly unlikely position. But round the corner, on the northern edge of the hill some more were doing their best to catch up.
What better sign could there be, that Spring is on it's way?
While we were looking at the Snowdrops, a movement on a nearby tree caught my eye. It turned out to be a Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris.) Usually rather shy birds, this one seemed not too bothered by us watching it, but we were quite a distance away - hence the 'long view' on this picture. This is a tiny bird, so not easy to photograph at the best of times, so I was nevertheless quite happy with my shot.

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