St Andrews Botanic Gardens, April 2023

A very short one, in honour of my encroaching dissertation deadline - but I couldn't not post these gorgeous birds. I've been after a Goldcrest (below) FOREVER and finally caught one close enough for a decent portrait. But I think my biggest excuse for dipping away from my desk on this occasion was the limited-time to get some photos of the birds enjoying this year's blossom - and the Bullfinch (above) really delivered on that part. I'll miss a lot of things when I move away from St Andrews come June, but the Botanics might actually top the list (and St Andrews has a lot going for it). Given it's where I carried out my dissertation research and spent the best part of my fourth year, it'll definitely hold a place in my heart forever regardless.