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One of the reasons why we moved from our old flat to the current one is because it had a garden. For a long time I’ve been desperate for a garden of my own; one to lie in on warm summer afternoons, to have barbeques in, to let our pigeons walk about in, and to attract wildlife to watch.

We recently bought a big bird feeder to accomplish the latter and so far we have observed the following animals visiting our garden:

  • woodpigeons (hooray!! They sleep in a big tree on the other side of the garden hedge),
  • feral pigeons (double hooray!! Only 2 have visited so far. They live on the house opposite ours),
  • a magpie,
  • robins,
  • blue tits,
  • great tits,
  • long-tailed tits,
  • coal tits,
  • a dunnock,
  • blackbirds,
  • a songthrush,
  • a redwing,
  • a blackcap,
  • a bullfinch (one of my favourites),
  • a greenfinch,
  • a fox (a big gorgeous one!),
  • squirrels (highly entertaining),
  • and 2 cats (one grey tabby and a pure white fluffy thing).

We have spent many weekend mornings watching these animals raid the feeder, constantly amazed at how they interact with each other (of course, we haven’t seen all of these animals at once. Now that would be something!!). Birds are such entertaining little creatures and each have their own unique behaviour.

Elmo loves to look out the window in the morning. He gets very excited and flaps about as if he’s about to take off. We open the window a bit and listen to the bird songs (I’m not very good at identifying bird sounds but we have heard the noisy great tit and the lovely tune of the dunnock amongst other unidentified songs).

I cannot wait for spring and the start of the baby bird season. I’m hoping to have some nests in the hedges around our garden. Maybe we should put up some nest boxes? At the moment though I am enjoying the sounds and songs of all the lovely birds out in our garden. Such luxury!

Bird feeder

Bird feeder

Squirrel

Squirrel

Great tit

Great tit

Bullfinch

Bullfinch

Robin

Robin

Coal tit

Coal tit