A BLUE TIT nestles in a sea of pink – a symbol of spring.

Oxford Mail photographer Ed Nix captured this harbinger of clement weather on a day off in his East Oxford garden.

The bird landed on the branch as Mr Nix was sat enjoying the sun over the bank holiday weekend.

He said: “I was sat in the garden and it just kept coming in.

“I spent ages trying to get a photo because it was so fast.

“You have to sit really still and not get too close. This picture is cropped a lot from the original, in which the bird was just a little speck.”

Blue tits are easy to recognise, with their blue cap and yellow breast.

In spring and summer, young blue tits have yellow instead of white cheeks.