I now believe it's really spring!
My mum and dad are the best! They bought me a telephoto lens for my birthday! I chose a Sigma 18-250 and am loving it. Lots to learn though. Seems I'll have to get much better at operating on manual. Aperture & shutter speed priority settings seem to overexpose and I've gone down to -1 EV. That's OK, experimenting is fun. This is still a crop, but it's much more detail than I've ever managed before when they are so high.