Another bright and seemingly milder (it’s all relative!) day, but then some dampness this afternoon. The local bird population seemed to be enjoying it too as there has been a lot of activity in the garden since the frost disappeared (although perhaps refilling the bird feeders had something to do with it) – they were very noisy this morning and there was quite a hullaballoo in these tangled twigs of dog rose, with flutterings in and out and a lot of bird discussion taking place (“Are you ready for Christmas yet?”…”Just a few more nuts and seeds to get”…”Have you seen that rose hips are on special offer again?”). We sometimes get small groups of starlings (nothing so grand as a murmuration) in this part of the hedge, either waiting for their turn on the fat balls or to splash in the stream – fortunately they don’t choose to roost there. Today, however, it was a number of our resident sparrows, seemingly just coming out to play and not, surprisingly, for these yummy rose hips which seem so prominent now the rest of the leaves have fallen.