Since Easter we've had a new resident in Carmine - a bird about the size of a sparrow with a pinky-red tail and distinctive white flashes.
I'm informed by my unimpressed husband that it's a redstart, apparently as common as sparrows in Germany. Despite it's being so very unexciting, I'm happy to see our little redstart - any addition to the fauna of the area, or indeed, any return of a creature once abundant here, is welcome.
He/she seems to like cat food. Can this be possible? Or is it coming to the pantry door after the enormous juicy slugs that also gather around the cats' bowl?
Reference : picture by photographer Gerd Rossen, who has a wonderful online archive of wildlife images.