Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The End

Well this blog is closing it's doors.  I've moved out of my old fabulously birdy garden into the in-laws with their fox and hedgehog visitors and will now move onto our new home on the weekend.
Thank you to every one who has visited and enjoyed and commented.  I really appreciate it.  I hope you wander over to the new place.  It will be sporadic at first as we won't have internet for a month, but I will post when I am in work and will certainly take lots of photos.

Over the last few days we've seen the following birds which the mother in law is under strick instructions to keep happy:
Tits - Blue, Coal, Great
Finches - chaffinch and greenfinch
Corvids - Magpies, Crow, Jackdaws
Collared doves, Blackbirds, Thrush (was a fat one)
Dunnocks, Robins, sparrow, nut hatch, seagull

And to my delight, a brand new bird I've never seen before and I saw him on two days - a grey wagtail.

And these are birds I haven't seen for a few weeks:
jay, bullfinch, starling, black cap, woodpigeon

Not a bad selection indeed.
And of course there's the at least 6 hedgehogs, 3 squirrels and a fox.
The next place has a lot to live up to to satisfy me.  What new birds will I see?  It's not too far from woodland and other people in the area have told me that they've seen hogs, foxes and birds of prey.


Wednesday, 14 October 2009


I love Ratty.
This was a bowl of prawn cocktail. Why he couldn't just stick his nose in, I don't know.

He got right in there chomping away

He needed a drink then
And ran off. Look at those long legs

Friday, 9 October 2009

At least 6

At one point last night there were 5 hedgies out the back at the same time. I think from top to bottom we have Fatty, Fluffy, Twitchy and Snowy. Now I swore blind that I didn't see Snowy last night, but on looking at my pics there was no doubt that he was there. And I shone the torch to look for a white patch. I'll have to pay more attention tonight.

Wibble was the one who ran off, but I got him. There was no sign of Ratty. Which was good as he probably would have charged at all the others.

I think this is Twitchy in front and Snowy behind. But I can't really tell.


I put seeds on the sill of the patio doors and we seem to have 2 little ones and the bigger one with the split in his ear. This one was happy to be munching the seeds with me sticking a camera at him albeit on the other side of the glass.
You can really see how wispy his tail is.
I opened the patio doors and he was happy to tolerate me sticking my head and camera out. There is no zoom on this, he cant be more than a few feet away from me.
Then I noticed them running up and down the house wall !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Squirrel Antics

The squirrel wanted a snack. Yup, he was hanging on by his fingernails. I thought he would fall down, but he had no problems.

There was another one. He took a liking to what's in the pot.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Feeding Time

Ratty and Fluffy were enjoying dinner tonight.

Fluffy did a strange "crawl" a few times.

This one's the new guy. He's a big one and is definitely not Ratty.

Saturday, 26 September 2009


Had a strange hog in the garden tonight. He looked a bit grey and with the flash you can really see the white bits. I've named him Snowy

Fluffy turned up

I later stepped outside because there was some strange noises in the distance and disturbed Snowy who was rolled up, so I took a few more pics. At first I thought it was just flattened spikes reflecting the flash, but it's the same whatever angle

Fluffy having a right good scratch. Perhaps I should have named him Itchy
I named this one Ratty as he looks more like a pricky rat. He is always about. It looks like he has a weepy eye, but I don't think so.

There was also a new boy. Fluffy and Snowy are small hedgehogs but this one was the same size as Ratty. In fact he had an altercation with Ratty where Ratty tried to shove him off, but this guy stood his ground so Ratty left.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Hogs and a fox

I opened the door to catch the little hog out and about.

There was a small slug on the step, so I flicked it off. The hog likes to walk along the wall and I was sat looking out the open door he stopped right under me and ate the slug. I could hear him munching and it was one of the fabbest "encounters" I've had.

Of course I had to keep snapping. I'm not sure he really noticed me.

Last night we had a bigger visitor :-)