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We recently saw an adult badger in our garden, much to our delight! We hadn’t seen one a very long time (last time: Garden views). I wasn’t able to take a photo of the badger because of the poor light (it was night) and I didn’t want to scare the badger away with flash photography. The badger was munching away at the food the neighbour had left for the fox family and as we were watching him we could see two little fox cubs peering through the hedge looking at the badger. They didn’t have the courage to chase the badger away.

In the morning we heard a commotion as the feral pigeons kept flying away from the big breakfast I put out for them. We soon saw the reason for the noise:

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The fox cubs were chasing the pigeons away and proceeded to eat the peanuts and seed that I had put out for the pigeons. Cheeky little things!! :)

With the sun shining so warmly lately the pigeons have been enjoying a bath in the garden and a good sunbathing session too.

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The feral pigeons often search the ground for things to eat but as you can see the grass is too long for comfort so I mowed the lawn to let the pigeons peck at the ground with ease.

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Halfway there!

While the ferals are mostly on the ground in my garden the woodpigeons like to forage in the trees and bushes. They are quite dexterous for such large birds. You’d think they wouldd have trouble standing on the thin branches but these woodies know how to get to the best bits of the plants without much trouble.

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Guess where I found Elmo this afternoon upon returning home from work? … On the window sill!! He hasn’t been on the window sill in months!!

And how do I know this, you ask? Well, I can tell by following the poop trail he leaves. If Elmo spends a lot of time in one area there’ll be a bunch of poops nearby. It’s as simple as that! :)

I had wondered why Elmo had stopped sitting on the window ledge this winter. Did something spook him? Maybe he got bored with the view, but now that spring is around the corner he’s taken an interest in the garden again? I wonder…

Since moving into our new flat we’ve had many different visitors to our garden. I’d like to post some of the photos I took of these very welcome visitors:

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Grey squirrel

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Badgers

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Bullfinch

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Long-tailed tit

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Fox cub

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Brown rat

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Woodpigeon

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Feral pigeons!

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Feral pigeons!

With all these visitors how could Elmo get bored with the views?! :)


Last night Georgie was very naughty. She kept attacking me while I was trying to watch a movie. … Maybe she was bored with the movie – didn’t like the actors or the story and was trying to get me to change channel? Maybe she was overtired and wanted to go to bed? Whatever the reason she was really getting me annoyed – and bruised since she insisted on standing on my shoulder – and then pecking at my face and neck!

I had to talk softly and sweetly to her – little coos and soft kisses to her head – but nothing could make her stop pecking me. I kept removing George from my shoulder and putting her on the sofa but she just kept climbing back onto me. She wanted to fall asleep on my shoulder, but was not happy when I made a movement. In the end I had to be put her in her cage to calm down and go to sleep – which she did.

Georgie has her bedtime and if she’s out past that time she gets very grumpy – a fact that I sometimes forget – hence the red marks on my neck!

Today Georgie spent a good hour snuggled on my lap – all memory of last nights events forgotten.

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I only got this photo because her eyes were closed when the camera light went on.

Elmo has also been snuggling up to his loved one today:

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I watched a wood pigeon land on the water dish in the garden – a big fat woody all intent on having a drink – when along came a little fiesty feral pigeon. The feral hopped onto the water dish and pushed the wood pigeon off! What a little cheeky sod! :) After the feral had his fill and had flown off, the woody came back for his drink.

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Now that we’ve stopped throwing copious amounts of food into the garden we don’t have 50 pigeons sitting on the neighbours roof all day anymore. We still have feral pigeons visiting our garden (we throw seed and peanuts out sporadically) – and we recognise many returning ones – so we know that the pigeons are doing alright without our steady supply of food. We believe it is better that pigeons (well, all wildlife really) don’t become reliant on humans as their sole food source. They need to be able to find food elsewhere, otherwise what would happen if we moved house?

A few weeks ago a small clump of white mushrooms appeared – which proceeded to grow and grow – until they eventually disappeared. We had Elmo out in the garden one day and he didn’t like the look of the mushrooms. Not to his taste at all and he quickly retreated back to the front door – the days adventure over! What a scaredy-cat!! :)

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And today I saw our little fox cub – now all grown up – appear for a sniff and a scavenge in our garden. What a handsome lad he is now (could be a girl – but I haven’t checked)!

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Feral pigeon flock

Due to the ever growing number of feral pigeons visiting our garden we’ve been forced to buy seed and peanuts in bulk. What have we done?! First there were 2 pigeons we fed, then there were 6, and now over 16 pigeons are dependent on us. This was not supposed to happen! All of a sudden we have the responsibility to feed the many wildlife we’ve attracted to our garden. Oh well, I guess that’s the tiny price to pay to have lovely animals in the garden. Wouldn’t change it for a thing!

A few weeks ago we ran out of seed and we couldn’t bear to see the pigeons hanging about looking so miserable and hungry at us (I swear they do know how to pull at our heart-strings, the little manipulators!). :)

So off to the garden centre to buy some emergency seed and the pigeons practically mobbed us when we got home (as did the robin!). To prevent the same thing happening again we decided that we had to buy some sacks of seed and peanuts. After a bit of research for quality and price, we ordered from a local feed store and received a 25kg sack of peanuts and a 20kg sack of wildbird seed, which should last a few months!

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Feral pigeon on feeder.

Unfortunately we have to keep the seed indoors due to the badgers, squirrels and rats that forage in our garden. The badgers have broken into a container of peanuts before and eaten all of them so we cannot take any chances. One day we’ll have a garden shed to keep everything under lock and key, however, in the meantime the two sacks have to stay indoors much to Elmo’s delight. He’s never seen so many peanuts before in his life and I do believe he thinks the 25kg sack of peanuts is all his! :)

Now that all the birds, squirrels and badgers are fed the only animal left to feed is the fox. Yesterday I threw some cat biscuits into the garden and at dusk I saw a fox and a cat eating the biscuits almost nose to nose! Amazing! I managed to take a photo of the fox before he ran away:

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Fox in the garden