January 12, 2012

Green shoots

There are reports on the radio of daffodils in full bloom, but ours are still a little way away. It was nice to see their green spears pushing up through the leaf litter in Hillside Gardens this morning, though, and to picture the yellow battalions they will soon become.

Two robins sang nearby, one from a young sycamore and the other perched on a litter bin, their fluting, reedy notes the battle cries in a struggle for territory that, unlike other birds, goes on all winter long.

Having been silent for so long the wheezy, unmistakeable sound of a great tit somewhere overhead was, like the daffodils, a much more reliable harbinger of spring.