A spring walk

It seems a long time since I was able to take my local village walk but today my son came over to visit and we went together armed with cameras.

It was good to see the green shoots appearing and the spring flowers like celandines. There was even blossom on the hawthorn. There were quite a few butterflies too, small tortoiseshells and a peacock. It is far too early for this type of butterfly but the weather has been rather mild. I hope we do not get a cold snap that could kill them, and there is not much food for them either. The birds are still using the bird feeder loving the fatballs and the half coconut shells full of fat and seeds.

Have you seen any butterflies yet? And what are your thoughts about them being around so early? What other signs of spring have you seen?