The RSPB had their big Garden bird watch this weekend, and like thousands of others I duly noted the various species in the garden.
I have allowed the small garden that I have to become a bit of a wilderness over the past few years, to give cover and protection to the smaller birds - to a great extent it has worked.
The River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust has also done much to create a home for the river birds as well, the provision of feed grain keeps the birds in good condition, and they spread all along the river and surrounding areas during the spring and summer.
Last season we saw more ducklings around than for some time, and this brings joy to all who see them. Long may it continue !
Meanwhile our swan family are still together, in spite of the parents itching to get the youngsters to move on.