Posted: 22/04/2015 at 17:13
mdw84, Lily beetles here too. Three adults found and crushed.
Blue tits I've had ... pretty much all the way though "winter," I think. They're nesting on the north end of the house, which means they don't have far to come when they hear the shed door open. Also present: blackbird, thrush, robin, coal tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, sparrow, dunnock, wren, nuthatch, tree-creeper, great spotted woodpecker, mallard, rook, pigeon and, a few days ago, a grey squirrel. I'm not sure how hard I hit it but it ran away and I haven't seen it since.
Other recent gardening: trimmed honeysuckles, pulled up grass from around a seedling I'd thought was dead ... and accidentally knocked off its only leaf in the process, tucked vines back into the fence so they spread along it not out from it, decapitated a few more dandelions, pulled up a bit of goosegrass and sawed some of those dead privets into stove-lengths. Still have to dig out the other end of the hedge, which is behind the flowering bulbs.