The tree acrobats - grey squirrels - are out in force. They're bringing their young on training sessions: How to eat the nuts from bird feeders. Then, as soon as they dash off, the little birds fly in for their turn.
We spotted a pair of lapwings playing in the sky above the farm yesterday. It's the first time in many, many years that they've appeared in our bit of Sabden Valley. Let's hope their chicks hatch out OK.
Ten days earlier than last year, that gooseander hatched out a brood of 11 on our farmhouse roof. They jumped 3oft off the roof onto the field, then set off with their mother for Sabden Brook. You can just about see them in these photos...
Uh - o. They're back. That pair of goosanders. They've just done a fly-past over the farmhouse roof. Which probably means they're planning to nest up there again this year. At least we'll know what to expect this time.