Valentines day has dawned and there is an air of spring at Hemsford. The sun is out and the birds are all singing and its much warmer than of late and feels like spring is just around the corner. I have recently spotted 2 rather unusual birds at our garden feeders, firstly a tiny goldcrest - not actually on the feeder but in the ivy on the garden wall. The second bird was a siskin, not really a rarity but not a frequent visitor to our part of Devon. We love to feed the wild birds and regularly treat them to a varied diet of peanuts, mixed seeds and sunflower hearts. The sunflower hearts are very popular with our flock of gold finches which have over wintered really well and are one of the most numrous and frequent visitors to our feeders. We also have a massive population of collared doves - this morning I counted 29 sitting in the large pine tree in our garden. A pair of Canada geese have arrived back at our lake again and I am hoping they will nest on the island again this year. It is always a treat for our guests to see the goslings when they hatch.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp