First sign of spring

Although I have seen the odd bud here and there it is only now that I notice many plants buds starting to open into leaf.

Once again the gooseberry’s were first this year. Now the Raspberries and some of the honeysuckle plants are starting to leaf up. Also, the blackbird is back in its tree again this year its song getting louder and louder. Do blackbirds hibernate? I don’t think so but they are very quiet over the colder months, its great to see them back around and also to hear them again.