Glorious weather over that past few days has cheered us up considerably. The camera was out early this morning. Quite why a flock of Goldfinches is called a “charm’ I don’t know. Yes, they are spectacularly colourful birds (even when photographed through a dusty window!) but there is nothing charming about them. They are the bossiest, noisiest birds at the feeders, chasing everything else away until they have had their fill. However, it is lovely to see so many of them in the garden.
Then one of our regular squirrels visited the feeders for breakfast and was suddenly frightened by something. It sat bolt upright, and motionless, on top of one of the feeders for a few minutes and then ‘hid’ on the bird table, cowering low and almost curled up, for several more. This photo shows him/her just deciding if it was safe to continue breakfast. We have watched several instances recently when another squirrel has appeared and then much chasing and dashing about the lawn takes place before one of them departs the scene.
The beautiful and delicate clematis looks stunning against the blue sky. The back of these erythronium flowers is equally as pretty as their ‘faces’ and the osmanthus delaveyii is a mass of blossom, filling the air on this warm afternoon with a wonderful scent.