Been a good week, swallows back on 16th and Pied flycatchers on 18th. In fact have seen many of both since the first sighting. Two Blue Tits have started building nests and I think a sparrow is building one in a nest box in the garden. A first for us, although the purpose built sparrow boxes put up on the house are not being used yet.
There was a nice find in the week when I finally checked out what the dogs were sniffing at in the wood and discovered a hedgehog den under a pile of leaves, 100 yards up in the wood. Later on I confirmed that it was our hedgie, the daytime one eyed daytime hedgehog. He has taken to calling around at the kitchen door, after being fed up in the top garden.