I think this male Blackbird was spoilt for choice as he sat on a fence with a female on each side.
On closer examination of the photo I noticed his tail looked out of the ordinary. He seems to have lost most of those feathers and the one remaining one appeared to be very jagged.
I would guess he has had a narrow escape recently.
It was great to see five Greenfinches visit the feeders the other day. At least some have survived the attack of finch disease.
I didn't have a tree to plant last Saturday but I did get round to planting a bush I had bought a week or so before. This is a Skimmia japonica. Its mass of berries on such a young plant attracted my attention as well as the evergreen leaves. It went in a section of the front garden where there are mainly deciduous plants.
This is not a very large growing variety so it won't try to take over the whole garden. After I had planted that I noticed the catkins on the corkscrew hazel. They are as advanced now as they were last February and some of the buds are more advanced than they were then.
I think birds, plants and I are all becoming confused by the changing weather patterns. One day at zero and then eleven degrees a few days later.
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