Early Flowers ! Very Early Flowers

Its been an incredibly mild spring ( if you hadn’t noticed ) with a short frosty break towards the end of January followed again by warm weather

.Hawthorn in flower in December !

 

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It was mid December when I took some photos of Hawthorn Blossom and breaking leaf followed by a couple of violets in the woods and now at the end of January in the woodland, Dogs Mercury in flower with Cuckoo Pint.

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There’s been the odd Blackthorn flower but this morning 28th January, plenty of Blackthorn Blossom in the hedgerows

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The early pairing of many birds can be seen, crows, jays,partridge,.kestrels , blackbirds. in my garden Blue tits have been checking out the nesting boxes

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Barn Owls at Cobbs Wood January 2016

Barn Owls feeding on voles, they seem to get plenty ( not all on film). They need to eat plenty of voles to get into breeding condition, hopefully they will do well this year. 2015 was a bad year and this pair abandoned three eggs due to a lack of voles to feed on