Heron in flying visit to No 10
No amount of security measures was able to keep an uninvited visitor out of 10 Downing Street this afternoon - as a heron ruffled feathers at the Prime Minister's official residence.
The cheeky bird perched itself atop the country's most famous front door, after seeking refuge in the hallway from the unwanted attentions of a crow, where it was photographed by an astonished Conservative aide.
But despite herons being nicknamed the "shitepoke" in some quarters for their usual reaction to being disturbed, the carefully-maintained shiny black paintwork was not sullied.
"It did not lose its deposit," joked long-serving Scottish affairs special adviser Ramsay Jones, whose snap of the incident quickly became a hot talking point on social media.
"I was just coming in and the bird was already inside the building, just sitting quietly in the corner," he said.
"It then decided to fly up on top of the door before it hopped off."
Mr Jones said on Twitter that it was "n ot so much herongate as knock knock knocking on heron's door", sparking a series of other puns.
"Perhaps he was looking for Sturgeon or Salmon(d)?" one quipped of the fish-eating bird, a t the expense of the current and former SNP leaders.