On Saturday I visited the RSPB reserve at Middleton Lakes near Tamworth, with a group of friends from The Wildlife Art Society International.
We had pretty good weather for part of the day, and were able to watch herons coming and going from the heronry in a group of old oak trees.
I also saw my first swallow of this year, and heard the chiff-chaff. Together with plenty of bluebells flowering in the woodland, it certainly looked very spring-like.
We saw a pair of grebes starting their mating "dance", and many other water birds, but the most friendly bird was a robin, who seemed very keen to follow us.
If we'd had some bird seed or mealworms with us, I'm sure he'd have fed from the hand.