8 a.m.: What we think is a female great spotted woodpecker is feeding at the fat-block. The female has no red mark on the back of her head, and we couldn't see one on this bird. She has a red vent (the area between the legs), which the male has too. We haven't seen a woodpecker at the bird table for years. By the end of the day the fat is almost gone. I didn't see the woodpecker again though: starlings finished what little was left.
We find the 'insect treat' variety of fat-block, the one with mealworms in it, is the most popular with our birds.
While cutting the lawn this evening I disturb a dark olive frog. I'm glad to see it; we had no frogspawn in the pond this year so I'm glad we still have adults around.
We've bought two replacements - one of which is a a dwarf cucumber - but we're growing those out of harm's way (I hope) up on the staging.
On Saturday night when we came back late, a garden snail had climbed onto the hedgehog boot cleaner on our doorstep. It must have been a prickly climb. This is the ultimate in cheekiness as the real hedgehog would probably have eaten the snail.
Richard Bell, email@example.com