Tree Following With Lucy: April
My photo is a little out of synch with Lucy's Tree Following day as I take mine on the 23rd of the month, the day anniversary of when the rest of the tree came crashing down in our garden last December. However, I went out in the rain to inspect my ash tree yesterday and can confirm nothing's changed in the intervening time. Whether the same can be said for April/May remains to be seen.
This time Mr and Mrs pigeon have indeed paired up for the season as I thought they might last month. It's unusual to see them acting as kind of bookends on the tree as they're usually much closer. We've observed pigeon pairs being quite devoted to each other and these two are proving to be no different.
The tree's also been host to some rare visitors to our garden since last month. We don't usually see bullfinches,* but we've had four of them parading around the garden lately - one proud and very fat male plus 3 females. I've tried to find out if bullfinch males have more than one mate, but to no avail. I suspect he was sussing out his 3, to see which one finally took his fancy.
Quite a few of the trees in our neighbourhood are sporting their first of their spring green fuzziness this week. My ash is still resolutely in winter mode; it's large black buds are yet to burst free and I need to check its progress for the annual tree race - my ash versus the oak up at the allotment. More on that next month.
* = unlike my dear friend Threadspider when she lived at the top of the hill - I was convinced she had our share of them as well as her own.