Loveley sunshine here and our bees have been really active, returning to the hive laden down with pollen. Seen them drinking in the pools and down in the lower garden. We have lots of daffs around and other early flowers but it is still a bit of a mystery where they get the pollen.
In the past fortnight we have had seen long tailed tits and redpolls regularly on our bird feeders, haven't seen the tits for some time, so a real treat. Checked my bird boxes and only minimal repairs this year, so all ready for the return of our summer visitors.
The earliest sighting we have had in 7th April in 2011 of a swallow. Apparently already seen in a local village this year.
Also a rare sighting for us is a hedgehog in the garden, brought to our attention by Clive and Alison, guests in our holiday let. They checked out Rosie's unusual late barking in the garden and there he was, saw him the following night ourselves. Many years since we have seen one. The snakeshead fritillary flowers have been the best ever this year without the normal slug attacks, possibly due to the hedgehog.