It wasn’t a great day for getting out and about birdwatching, today. After all, my son Eddie finally flew the nest today (or rather he has gone down south to London to college). So, it was a morning of packing the car rather than watching wildlife. That said, I did slip out to the garden for a cup of tea at one stage. Once again, there was a juvenile Blackcap sneaking around the apple trees and Ivy near our overgrown (almost invisible) shed. A family of Goldfinches came down to bathe. And there was a decent ‘family’ flock of Starlings mainly feeding on the Dogwood berries. In 2001 I planted more than 100 ‘whips’ of native trees around the garden as a hedge. So, in addition to the figs, apples, blackberries and plums our garden produces, there are plenty of berries, hips and haws.