I’m one of those people who like to have favourites of things. I have gone over my carefully chosen list of desert island discs many times, which is why I was chuffed to hear this morning that we can now all nominate the 8 tracks we would like to take with us.
I also have a favourite bird. Not an easy choice. My father’s favourite was the lapwing or peewit, I think because of its distinctive flight, but it may have been its crest or its call that he took a particular shine to. For me its between the little owl, robin, yellow hammer and goldfinch. The little owl because we frequently spot them in our garden at dusk and have twice had them down our chimney. The robin because it keeps me company in the vegetable garden. The yellowhammer because it accompanies me on my run in the morning and has an irresistible call. And the goldfinch because of its beauty and playfulness. A close call, but I think I’ll plump for the latter. The pair of goldfinches we currently have flashing round our garden are mesmerising.