Yes, the May tree is now in full bloom.
This is Crataegus monogyna, my that rolls off the tongue doesn't it ? Fortunately, it is more commonly known as Hawthorn. It is a native plant which usually grows as a shrub. I have a hawthorn hedge at the bottom of the garden. It was planted, probably by a farmer, to separate gardens from his field. It was a substantial hedge, having been double planted, in two rows. Unfortunately, when the bulldozers moved in, prior to houses being built on the field, they removed one row of the hedging. Sad to say, the remaining hedge is really struggling; now competing with a leylandii hedge that the new house owners have planted on their side of the boundary.
This photo though, is of the hawthorn tree that also grows at the bottom of the garden. Hawthorn is an excellent plant for wildlife. It attracts a large number of insects, over 150 different species, who in turn attract many birds. I have a wren currently nesting in a hole in the tree. In late summer, blackbirds and fieldfares eat the berries. It is said that waxwings are also partial to the haws, but I have not had any waxwings in the garden, at least not yet anyway. But I have had a visit from a very noisy family:
Yes, a family of starlings have discovered the garden. The youngsters, and there are lots of them, are very greedy. But they do look cute too. And the blue tits ?
Strange goings on today. This morning, one of the parents was flying back and forth from the box with food in its beak, but not appearing to feed anyone in the box. I've seen this behaviour before, when the parents are trying to entice the young out of the box, but I don't think these youngsters are anywhere near ready yet. Glad to report that normal service resumed later in the morning, with both parents feeding and removing white sacs too.