House sparrow in holly bush

House sparrow in holly bush

Jaunty male house sparrow, perched on a twig in a holly bush.

House sparrow in holly bush

Snowdrops with distant view of Bantock House

Snowdrops with distant view of Bantock House

In the distance, Bantock House peeping through trees, with snowdrops in the foreground.

Ice and mist, boating lake, West Park

Ice and mist, boating lake, West Park

West Park boating lake, still part frozen, but the ice beginning to melt. A dark morning, with a heavy mist. Some Canada geese and a lone coot on the ice, looking rather disconsolate.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: winter aconite

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: winter aconite

The winter aconites of Coppice Wood, the flowers further open on every visit.

Questing male blackbird, West Park

Questing male blackbird, West Park

Male blackbird with a territory right by one of the entrances to West Park. Here searching the short grass for something to eat, while also keeping a careful eye on me.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: daffodils

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: daffodils

More yellow flowers of spring, still not quite open. These daffodils were in Coppice Wood, near to yesterday’s primroses.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: daffodils

Bluetit with ragged feathers

Bluetit with ragged feathers

Bluetit eating from a fat ball. The bird’s feathers were distinctly in need of a preen, but it looked lively and healthy otherwise.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: primroses

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: primroses

More of the yellow flowers of early spring struggling to open. These primroses at the edge of Coppice Woold.

Snow, ice, heron high in tree, West Park

Snow, ice, heron high in tree, West Park

Snow on the ground, the lake at West Park partially covered in ice. A cold but sunny morning. High in a tree on the island, a heron catches the rays.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: gorse

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: gorse

Winter seems to be hanging on for so long this year. Despite the dreary weather, there are signs spring is on the way. Yellow flowers are starting to appear, here some gorse opening.

Signs of spring, yellow flowers: gorse

Peeping from the holly bush, male blackbird

Peeping from the holly bush, male blackbird

Peeping warily from the protective leaves of a holly bush, a male blackbird.

West Park, another misty winter morning

West Park, another misty morning

There seem to have been quite a few misty mornings this winter. Here, pictures from another one where I got to West Park before there were many people about.