At last we've had a few dry and sometimes sunny days. Walks are still quite muddy underfoot but it has been great to get out into the countryside.
On Sunday morning we walked at the Consall Nature Park, we walked for over two hours and although cold it was bright and sunny. The birds were twittering in the bare branches of the trees, the geese and ducks were honking and quacking on the pools, pheasants were calling in the fields and high in the sky buzzards were mewling and thermalling to their hearts content.
Yesterday we popped down to Stafford and again it was sunny and dry and the sky was a deep blue.
I'll write more about our visit later on this week.
We noticed over the weekend that the magpies have returned to their nest in the trees just over our hedge at the back of the garden. We don't normally see the nest and it will be hidden as soon as the new leaves appear on the trees.
Even though it is very cold the bright sunshine must have encouraged the birds to think about repairing and preparing their nest for Spring. You can see one magpie on top of the nest and the other underneath it. We have also seen frogs in the pond which is one of the first signs that Spring isn't too far away.