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.

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

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings on the river Severn at Bridgnorth.

Duck and ducklings

The mother duck is already struggling to cover them all. After a few further days growth this would have become impossible.

Duckling

Heron fishing

Heron

This heron was fishing at the upstream end of Wightwick lock on the Staffs and Worcs canal.

Below it considers flying off because of my presence, before settling down again.

Heron

Morel

Morel

This distinctive spring mushroom is uncommon.

The one pictured here was growing in a municipal flowerbed by the Severn – hence the gravel cover.