Discovering today that we have blue-tits in the garden. We have had great-tits for a long while but the smaller variety have been absent.. Then to my great joy I saw a bullfinch - the first for thirty years!! I have been feeding the birds all winter and I think this is my reward.
I also saw a bright yellow butterfly - quite large. Then I heard a massively noisy flight of cranes. I heard them long before I was able to see them. They were flying due north, of course.
I hope these are heralds of spring!