Every garden has its daily wildlife – insects, birds or mammals that you tend to see on a regular, though seasonal, basis, and then the occasional more unusual visitor will pop up from time to time. For me the thrill is always a new bird or butterfly, especially if it something that I have hardly ever seen well before. A couple of weeks ago a female hawfinch appeared here, quietly feeding under a nyjer seed feeder close to the house. The goldfinches have abandoned this area temporarily but there were still plenty of spilled seeds on the bare ground beneath. So together with a couple of female chaffinches, my new visitor hopped nonchalantly about on the ground and the driveway of the house, picking up seeds, before flying off to another part of the garden. Luckily my camera was at hand and I was able to get a few reasonable shots through the kitchen window. This is a bird I have only ever seen in the tops of trees, so my garden ‘tick’ was even more exciting for that reason. A visit to the Forest of Dean some years ago produced that tree-top glimpse but an up-close and personal view was wonderful.