Here in New Zealand I've noticed - and I'm not alone - that there are a lot more songbirds around this year than usual: a very lot more!
My Dad always said that one should never hate anything and I used to pass that advice on to my partner's young daughter. One day when she said that she hated something (probably Marmite) and I gave her 'a look' she immediately said "Oh very well Graham, I don't like it a very lot". Since then 'a very lot' has become part of family usage. I digressed.
There are a lot more song birds and they are building nests in the bushes round The Cottage as if it was about to go out of fashion. Perhaps it is. Perhaps they know something I don't know.
This is the first nest from the olive tree just outside The Cottage deck/verandah
and this is it's occupant
I can't say that he/she is the prettiest little baby I've seen. In fact 'fearsome' is more how I'd describe the visage.