Around my garden, the lilac, pink dogwood, mock orange, apple and pear tree blossoms are offering fragrance and colour. I noticed one of the red peony buds was starting to open. During late afternoon when I was 'lounging' on the deck with my ebook, I noticed the cherry tree branch above...no more blossoms, but the suggestion of cherries, which are usually ready by the beginning of July.
When blue sky appeared early afternoon, I decided to walk down to the woodland garden. It's such a pretty area right now with blooming azaleas, rhodos, and various shades of leafy trees. Here's a collage of a few photos I took while I was there:
Robin Redbreast in one of the daisy, bluebell and forget-me-not meadows:
and I thought this image looked rather ethereal:
A pair of ducks enjoying the marshy pond area, but no sign of ducklings!:
On my way back I stopped on the wooden bridge that crosses this pond, and caught a glimpse of red against a tree...I couldn't get close, but took a couple of photos. Guess what it was! My first ever photo of a Red-breasted Sapsucker!! Another link here with interesting facts:
• A group of sapsuckers is collectively known as a "slurp" of sapsuckers.
• The Red-breasted Sapsucker prefers to drill sap wells in riparian species such as those in the willow and birch families. They also like other deciduous trees like orchard crops.
• The Rufous Hummingbird is closely associated with this sapsucker. It nests near sap wells and may follow the woodpecker around during the day, feeding at the wells the sapsucker keeps flowing.
Although I can't imagine seeing a slurp of sapsuckers, I was happy to spy a sip of a sapsucker ;)
A panorama of the seaview from the gardens:
A most enjoyable Monday!