Charmless Dutch Bulb-growing Neighbour often berates us for our weeds. But the birds don't.
I haven't seen one of these, a linnet, for several years, they are quite rare these days, red-listed. Then a pair of them appeared on the terrace today; they were quite confiding, and came fairly close to the back door apparently finding insects among the gravel. Listening out, I heard a song similar to a greenfinch, and later on a tremendous racket, which turned out to be the whole family they'd brought along, perhaps half a dozen fluffy brown young ones, demanding food, hence the searching for insects; they are usually seed eaters but turn to insects in summer to feed their young.
The second one in from the right is the female, who doesn't have any red on her, the male seems to be starting to moult, despite still having hungry mouths to feed (either that or he's just an Old Cock Linnet!). In the winter they are just brown, so it's possible they are around in mixed winter flocks but I just don't notice them, since they look much like all the other finches.
Next up, butterflies, or why we brook further complaints from the Bulb Grower and leave some stinging nettles to grow.