At this time of year magpies gather into large groups and socialise.
Whatever they are up to, it involves lively interactions between them.
They fly about frequently to make an impression.
In bright light to becomes possible to see that the black in their plumage can appear as other brilliant colours.
Another tree preparing fresh growth for the new year.
Another sign yet of spring – daisies are now coming into bloom.
In a few weeks, the flowers will be giving their delicate scent to the air.
For the moment, the broad leaves are gathering as much sunlight as they can.
More signs of spring. This was the first dandelion I saw this year.
The buds on this ash tree are another sign that spring is finally beginning to come.
A feathery moss growing on a tree trunk.
The spring flowers are slowly coming, as this lesser celandine which had as yet only half opened.
A pair of rooks by their nest. This pair are from the small rookery by Kinver war memorial.
The (roundish) fruit and (long, thin) catkins of an alder tree.
This lichen was growing on the gnarled trunk of an old hawthorn.
The large and sticky buds of the horse chestnut are unmistakable.