As I was drinking breakfast coffee, it was obvious that the garden birds had been up way before me and were well into their daily activities.
The nuthatches only appear one at a time now instead of in pairs - is this a good sign? I hope so. And I noticed a blue tit carefully tugging up the softest moss from my wall and carrying it the nest box in our next door neighbours' tree. I look forward to watching its progress.
Meanwhile a squirrel has widened the entrance hole to the great tit box in our garden and is living / hiding in it. It must be a bit cramped!
This photo is by Mike Atkinson. One of the aspects I enjoy about his site is that he includes spectacular shots of our common birds (of course has has rarities too). It seems a lot of photographers overlook the commonplace but I think we should celebrate and value it - while it's still here.