I took my camera with me today to see what I might see and, happily, I came upon a bird standing very still among leafless stalks and dead leaves. It cocked its head, but otherwise remained motionless, allowing me to take several photos.
I believe this bird is a Blackbird (Turdus merula), which is, apparently, one of Gloucestershire’s most familiar thrushes. If I’m wrong, please let me know.
So I was very happy with my unexpected bird sighting right next to the park’s path. Even more unexpected were the cherry blossoms. It’s still winter for goodness’ sake! Don’t they know it’s cold outside?
I just posted about the blooming snowdrops at Sherborne Estate, which herald the winding down of winter and the approach of spring. Perhaps the cherry blossoms are confused, or maybe they’re just a very competitive bunch this year.