As soon as January arrived there were signs of spring in the air even if the weather didn’t feel so! The Snowdrops as always appearing early in the year but it’s other plants that have started to flower early, things like Hazel Catkins fully lengthened with the tiny red female flowers ready to accept the pollen. Signs of swelling buds on the Horse Chestnut tress plus many others. Celandines flowering alongside the hedgerows, normally expected in March. I even come across a few Blackthorn flowers in a sheltered spot.
The Birds are also busy pairing up and the Rooks are starting to inspect their nests in the Rookery ready for the new season. Male Blackbirds squabbling and Robins declaring they territory plus lots of others singing in the top of the hedgerows. We could still be in for some harsh weather but it least we are out of the darkest time of winter and the daylight is getting longer, meaning I have to get up earlier to catch the sunrise!