Herby Hedgehog (or one of his relatives) is still with us. How do I know? Well, I haven't seen him, of course. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and I am not. However,I had been blaming the cats for what I found on the lawn. I thoiught it was a bit unusual though, then had a sudden idea. A little research,
(I've got a good book for that) revealed that what I was finding was, in fact, hedgehog "poo". They say you learn something new every day - I just did.
Another first for me. Looking out of the window,quite early the other day, I saw a large bird planing and circling over The Hoe (22.7 acres) and rapidly approaching the house. It flew low and close over the garden so that I could distinguish, in addition to it being as large as, or possibly larger than, a buzzard, its deeply forked tail. Leafing through yet another of my books I was able to confirm that what I had just seen was a red kite. As they are partial migrants and this is not typical kite country I think I was lucky to spot this one. I have since been told that they have been seen more frequently round here; is this another sign of the changing weather pattern?
And finally, still on birds, a heron has spotted the large, fairly recently established, pond in the Stackyard Close. It is well-stocked with fish so perhaps he will be a regular visitor. We shall have to see.