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Birds ‘n’ fish ‘n’ flowers ‘n’ trees

There’s so much wildlife to see around Ilfracombe, North Devon.

At the moment the foxgloves are just coming into flower up Hillsborough . . .

Foxgloves in flower at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

While conkers are already forming on the horse chestnut trees near the swimming pool . . .

Horse chestnut trees in Ilfracombe, North Devon

While nearby a starling hopped around on the grass . . .

Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon
Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Over at Bicclescombe Park, a collection of goldfish and other fish have mysteriously appeared in the boating lake. From what I have been told they are not supposed to be there and may be someone’s unwanted fish from a pond . . .

Fish in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
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12 ducklings born at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe #ndevon

It’s been a glorious spring this year, but I don’t think anything provides as big a lift as the arrival of ducklings.

This morning, in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe in North Devon, I heard ducks squabbling down in the East Wilder Brook as it passes under a small bridge. I looked over the fence and saw a mother duck and her fleet of ducklings. Unfortunately, there were three male ducks trying to mate with her, explaining the noise as she fought them off.

Ducklings at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

Some blurred photos, taken with zoom lens while hanging over a fence with two spaniels on leads . . .

Ducklings at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

One of the park-keepers said they were born on Sunday. I counted 12. Before I could take any more photos, they swam under the bridge.

Meanwhile, back on the duck pond, this pair were doing some serious courting and a bit more when they weren’t being interrupted by other jealous suitors . . .

Ducks at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon in April 2011

Expect more ducklings!

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Bluebells and blossom in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe #ndevon

I have to take my camera because there is something new every day.

This morning I saw bluebells flowering in Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe, North Devon . . .

Bluebells in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

The magnolias are also blooming too in a variety of colours . . .

Magnolias in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Magnolias in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Magnolias in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Magnolias in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

It’s a wonderful spring for blossom. All the trees are heavy with petals . . .

Blossom in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
Blossom in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

All we need now are lots of ducklings on the pond!

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Catch that pigeon now!

Well, on camera, anyway.

This pigeon landed in a tree in Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe, North Devon, looking very pleased with himself. He had a twig or something similar in his beak, possibly nesting material.

He seemed to think he could not be seen, but I had my camera . . .

Pigeon in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

I think he spotted me and didn’t look very pleased . . .

Pigeon in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . but he was up in the tree and I was on the ground where no one could reach him.

Pigeon in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

I took his photo, thanked him, then walked on.

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Dazzling daffodil display at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe #ndevon

What a bright, sunny morning and so clear!

The daffodils in Bicclescombe Park just get better each day and I couldn’t resist taking a few close-up photos.

Daffodils in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

Daffodils in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

Daffodils in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

There’s nothing more full of life to bring us cheer!

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