I have just had two new visitors to my garden... both just passing through.
One would be welcomed back with open arms... the other not so.
Nuthatch ((Sitta europaea)
I heard it's call before I saw it on my feeders... by the time I had grabbed my camera it had flown...
My other visitor arrived while I was having a coffee with a friend who asked me...
"is that the mouse you sometimes see in your garden?"
"No!... I replied that's about five times the size... it's a rat!!!"
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
I have lived here for over seven years and this was the first (and hopefully the last) I have seen.
It was helping it'self to some food I had put out for the birds then dashing off under my shed for cover.
It stayed for about 15 minutes (giving me time to take a few pics) then it disappeared.
I have checked for signs of it in my shed but nothing so hopefully just another passer by enjoying my garden.
The locals seemed unimpressed.