Not so many years ago, I would pull over and stop the car just for a glimpse of a red kite or a buzzard. These days quite commonly I only have to look up from my back lawn to see either.
Goldfinches abound in the summer, and painted ladies and even the odd hummingbird hawk moth have made welcome visits to my garden.
This year I spotted a turtle dove for the first time on my drive.
Only this last fortnight while strolling by the River Gwash I have had my first local sighting of both a kingfisher and a little egret.
It appears that global warming has at least one small upside. Dare I hope some day for the tinkling of canaries around the patio?