Friday, 8 April 2011

The lesser spotted tree surgeon seen in South Devon.

Not often I wake up on a gloriously sunny day and find someone in a tree outside the cottage window.
The lesser spotted tree surgeon isn't often seen around here.

Once on the ground they tend to be pretty nimble, skipping along the river bank, you have to be quick to photograph them.

Then straight up a tree again.
Blending back into the undergrowth.

It's been so like Summer the past three days it's been far too good to stay inside.

The bee's are back. Except, this one which was flying around our kitchen. Our new floor looks great but it can't be that interesting to a beautiful queen bee. Gently captured and put out in the garden to roam.

We even have strawberry plants in flower.Growing Tomato plants.Especially snapped for Caroline, our tomato contest is still going. As I haven't been around in blog land this week I have lots to catch up on, especially Caroline's blog to see how her plants are growing.

Good weather also brings Frank out into the garden, the tweeting of nesting birds is a thrill far too good to miss.  He's another year old, hopefully slower this year. Or hopefully the birds will be quicker.


Remington said...

Everything looks so nice! I hope you have a fun filled weekend!

WoolenSails said...

Isn't it nice to have the sun out again and warm enough to get out. I walked 3 miles around the pond today, so that was nice. I wish we had an area the cats could go out to, but too many woods around us and too many coyotes this time of year. Moki seems quite content to be inside.


Christine said...

Hi Midge, so glad you're having wonderful weather these days. Your strawberries and tomatoes look so great. Have a great weekend! Hugs!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for the queen bee!!! And for Frank!! Awwww today was gorgeous weather wasn't it?!?! It can only get better!!!

Take care and happy Spring to you all in Soggibottom cottage! x

Christine said...

Oh we have been enjoying wonderful sunshine here too but my strawberry plants aren't nearly as advanced as yours!

Joanna said...

The good weather is happening across the pond too. Nice, nice pictures. I don't blame you for being outside rather than inside - it's beautiful.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You make us dream of sunny days and warm weather.
It makes us so happy to see all your happy plants,,, Mother Earth is stirring spring into your world.. it is on its way here too.
We do not have anything planted....your way ahead of us,,
all we have is wet mud,

Allie said...

Haha - maybe he's building a nest? Wow, your bees are back already, the only thing I've seen flying around is a fly. I sent him fishing in the Detroit River. Via the sewer system. Your plants look lovely and so does Frank!

MB (Embee Cavaliers) said...

Love the pictures. Definitely jealous. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Caroline B said...

I think my tomatoes have caught up with yours now,although this sudden heat fried a few in the greenhouse a couple of days ago. Good job it's not a strawberry contest though, mine are way behind.
Frank would have fun in our garden at the moment, it's full of birds as they know it is a cat-free zone. Im trying to train Clovis to chase off magpies too as they plunder nests if they can.

MyCretanlife said...

Seems to be a lot going on in your neck of the woods. Hope everyone is fit and well.

Sue Doran said...

I can never tell the difference between the lesser spotted and greater spotted tree surgeon. I envy your knowledge of nature, Midge! :-)