I eventually got out in the garden this weekend to do a bit of much needed tidying up, pruning and lawn mowing. Saturday was beautiful and I hoped more warmish days would follow. Today is damp and cold again though so I haven't got any further. I have enjoyed watching spring from my kitchen window though. In the tall trees on the farmland behind our garden, lives a colony of crows. What is the collective noun for crows? A congregation? A caw? (Just googled and one of the alternatives is 'a murder of crows'.) They have been nest-building and I have enjoyed watching them carrying twigs, twice the length of their body, which they are using to create huge structures high in the branches. Not everyone likes the crows: they are noisy and the farmer occasionally shoots at them with an air rifle like my dad used to. But they fascinate me and the noise is not that unpleasant.
I've also bought a new birdfeeder in the hope of attracting more small birds. I filled it with niger seed which promises to attract a 'charm' of goldfinches. Or 'a troubling', which is an alternative collective noun for them, though I prefer charm as I love theses colourful little birds. Perhaps the crows are scaring the smaller birds away. Is that where the name, 'a murder of crows', comes from, I wonder?