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Lockdown Visitors.

We are all spending so much more time at home right now, an ideal opportunity to look out for lockdown visitors to our gardens and yards. I have a small yard that backs onto a neighbor’s garden. I think that’s where all my visitors come from to be honest. 😁

The bluetits are big fans of the coconut.
A thrush who sometimes tries to smash snail shells on the ground, to get at the snails inside. 😮
A little wood mouse visitor who cleans up after the birds.
Though next doors cat now knows where Mr Mouse appears from.

This Great Tit is collecting nesting material ~ Hugo’s dog hair!
Nesting materials.

Anyone who doesn’t have a dog, I can recommend buying this cute hessian bag of herdwick’s sheep wool from Parma Violet, which Birds love to use in their nests. I bought one for my sister who has had a duck visitor collecting the wool.

Female Blackbird on the gate.
Visiting wood pigeon.
My most prolific guests are the house sparrows who regularly feed on fat balls.
Male & female House Sparrows.
A jackdaw swings on the bird feeder. Definitely creator of the most mess!

Other birds I have seen in the yard ( but haven’t yet managed to photograph) are starlings, a goldfinch and a wren.

Who have you noticed visiting during lockdown?

Do you have more birds & animals coming into your garden now?

Let me know in the comments. 🦆

Birds, Cats & Squirrels ~ RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020. 🦆🐦🐿️

This is my third year of noting down the birds in my back yard for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. I don’t know how, but I somehow ended up doing it a day early on Friday. In reality you were supposed to join in on Saturday or Sunday or even tomorrow, so there’s still time if you want to record the wildlife in your garden. You can submit your results online here. Anyway I don’t suppose it matters , me being an early bird. 🙂

All ready with my mug of Bird & Wild Coffee. I somehow totally forgot to use my new RSPB mug!
Male House Sparrow.
House Sparrows.

Unfortunately I did not get the variety of species that I have had in previous years. The birds are definitely still around but chose not to appear in the hour. I ended up recording 9 House sparrows ( at least I can depend on them! ) and erm, 1 Mouse. Oh and I had to shew a neighbors cat away. My own cat Slinky was happily snoozing on the bed.

Just like last year I joined my sister, niece and nephew for their Big Garden Birdwatch, which we did this afternoon. We counted 4 Bluetits, 2 Coaltits, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Robins, 1 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Grey Squirrel and 2 Pheasants. Similar to 2019 except no Dunnock or Long Tailed Tits. A flurry of Long Tailed Tits typically showed up after the hour , but we of course couldnt include the latecomers.

Female Chaffinch.
Bluetits and Coal Tit.
My Sister’s families new addition. ❤️
Birdwatching. 🐦
Acrobatic Nuthatch.
Grey Squirrel.
Still tucking in.

Little Walt the new kitten joined us for the birdwatch. I have a feeling he might want to do more than birdwatch next year though. But isn’t he adorable! Maybe we can ask him to scare off the naughty squirrel who hogged the bird table…..

Are you going to do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch?