Mallow leaf

Mallow leaf

Apparently these are edible, though the descriptions I have seen are not such as to enthuse me to rush out to give it a try.

Jack by the hedge

Jack by the hedge

Among its other names is Poor Man’s Mustard, which gives the pointer to the plant family it belongs to, and to a possible culinary use.

Duck and ducklings

Duckling

Yet another set of ducklings, which must have been freshly hatched when I spotted them on the Staffs & Worcs canal early in May.

Duck and ducklings

The mother was keeping a very careful eye on them.

Lady’s smock

Lady's smock

Apart from its own attractions, this flower is significant as the food plant for the orange tip butterfly.

Lady's smock

Sycamore buds

Sycamore buds

The buds of a sycamore before they unfolded. A tiny ladybird can just be seen nestling where the buds join the branch.

Parrot

Parrot

A parrot flying up and down the river Severn at Bridgnorth: here perching on a horse chestnut and eating some of the young buds.

It must be an escape, but apparently it has been flying wild for some months now.

Lesser black backed gull

Lesser black backed gull

This gull on a small beach by the river Severn at Bridgnorth was hoping to profit from the bread thrown to the ducks and geese in the same area.

Greater celandine

Greater celandine

Not particularly closely related to the lesser celandine, nor, to my eye, resembling it very closely other than in the colour of the flower.

The flower buds look hairy.

Greater celandine