A masked lapwing (plover) family has taken up residence in the back garden.
These birds are insanely protective of their nests. They doze but don’t sleep, so the slightest movement — day or night — provokes an ear-splitting shriek of alarm (MP3).
It’s also a shriek of warning. Approach too close and these fearless basket-cases will swoop and attack with claws, beak and spurs.
Winter pruning and planting will have to wait a few weeks.