Part of the daffodil walk

The arrival of glorious warm spring, trailing showers and golden flowers in her wake has been the most welcome visitor of this last week. And how quickly we and the garden and all its inhabitants have responded. Where a cold desert froze at my feet, there are now bees and flies and butterflies. beetles and ants busy themselves and in the bushes and trees, birdsong and nest-building. A lovely Mistle thrush has her nest in a tree. She defends it stoutly from all-comers, chasing the woodpeckers away, who themselves are searching for a nest site.

Swallows in the morning light
Swallows in the morning light

And overhead, the skies full of returning swallows and martins, singing their joyful homecoming songs from on the wing and from on the wires. We saw our first swallow last Sunday, and a handful of sand martins. Yesterday there were many more and house martins had joined the party.

It always felt, through those last few weeks where spring was penned back by the cold easterly air mass, that when spring came, it would come with a rush. And that is how it feels-a great release of energy and optimism carried through on the wings of swallows. And relief that the winter is finally over.


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    1. It is great to see them returning and I will be watching for swifts too. The daffodil walk was one of the lovely discoveries of the new garden.The previous owners planted about 1000 bulbs and they are making a good show now.

  1. It’s here at last!!!! I spotted some Sand Martins by the river that runs near the house. I’ve only lived here 6 years but this is the first time ever I’ve noticed them.
    Lovely pictures of the birds en masse! Your blooms are just delightful, especially the Magnolia.

    1. This is my first Sand martin Spring too! I don’t think I have ever noticed them before but here they nest in the riverbanks. I hope we have a better summer for them this year.

  2. Ooh you have a mistle thrush, how lovely. Everything in the garden seems to be sighing a mighty sigh of relief at the warmer weather doesn’t it, I reckon the plants were as fed up as we were!

    1. I think you are right Su. The Mistle thrush is a feisty bird. She chased off a male sparrowhawk yesterday, following him right across the valley. And today a Song Thrush started a nest in a yew tree near to the tree the Mistle Thrush has chosen. It’s so good to see them.

  3. A daffodil walk and a song thrush – how perfect. You appear to be about two weeks ahead of us here on the coast, but we too have birds of all sorts rushing around collecting nesting materials, arguing over real estate, and in the case of the blackbirds, stuffing their beaks with up to half a dozen still-wriggling worms at a time! Spring is so very welcome, though it still seems to be trying to edge in quietly without being noticed like the shy girl at the dance held in her honour. I am deeply envious of your fritillary.

    1. I love the “Spring as a shy girl” analogy! Here she has hidden again behind the wind today. Yes, that fritillary is beautiful. I love the white ones and will plant more in the autumn. I must draw diagrams to recod where the bulbs are planted before they fade.

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