My tree at the start of April looks very much as it did at the start of March. Whatever it is planning to do with all its catkins and buds, it hasn't done it yet! My only consolation is that the other birch trees close by it haven't woken up to the fact that it's spring yet either.
When I was round by my tree today, a local man spoke to me. I've seen him around with his camera but we were only on nodding terms until today. "You're the lady that photographs trees!" he said, to which I replied "only this one". It turns out there is a female photographer who is recording all of the trees on the estate, so I'm on the look out for her. Mike, the local man, was quite knowledgeable about my tree; although it is more commonly known as a silver birch (quite a pretty name I think), it is also called the warty birch (not such a pretty name), and when he pointed it out I can see where the name comes from - the newer branches are covered in whitish resin warts. I've tried to show them in the following photo.
In the absence of any other changes, here's a few more photos of the peeling bark.
Linking with Laura @ Loose and Leafy.