Wildlife Garden Diary 2019





5 Collared Doves were nice to see on the bird table (1st), however 2 Brown Rats I am not quite too sure about and one of which was climbing up the Buddleia and onto the Sunflower heads!

Nevertheless, you cannot help but admire the Brown Rat, which has done very well with increased human presence; adaptive, agile, intelligent and a fecundity (ability to breed) rate that is second to none.  Moreover, despite the attempt to eradicate them with whatever means they continue to thrive.

The 70’s was the time of the ‘super rat’, when their population crashed due to a new poison.  However, the population that was left (which became immune-tolerant of the poison) went on to breed successfully and return their population around very quickly.

Measures have been undertaken to present a far less attractive habitat to the rats (before someone else puts down indiscriminate poison) coming into the garden, by moving the sunflowers to a more inaccessible location, which appears (at the time of writing), thus far, to have worked.  Although next door’s provision of tomatoes in the garden is not helping!


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Collared Doves                                                                                                                           Brown Rat

A very persistant 'ratty'!


Despite eradicating its food source, a Brown Rat appeared once again (5th)!

‘Ratty’ was seen again the following day (6th), when 10 Long-tailed Tits were seen moving through the trees to the west of the abode, where 40 Pink-footed Geese were seen flying east and again (Brown Rat) on the 7th.


A nice selection visited the garden (8th) with Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Dunnock, Starling, House Sparrow and a Great Tit all seen within a few minutes of each other in the morning.


Wood Pigeon

Up until now, Long-tailed Tits have only been seen outside the garden, but today (9th) one was in the garden’s Buddleia and Fuchsia bushes.

A female Sparrowhawk landed at the base of the hedge outside the rear garden with prey, but quickly flew off again.

Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Collared Dove and Wood Pigeon were also visitors to the garden.

A nice selection of birds in the garden in the morning (20th), with 2 Great Tit, Robin, 6 House Sparrow, 6+ Starling, 3 Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw and 2 Collared Dove.

For only the second time, since my residence here, a Long-tailed Tit was in the garden (21st), in fact this time at least 5.  Some of the Long-tails visited the feeding station; on the fatballs along with a Blue Tit.

It’s now a very common sight to see Long-tailed Tits feeding on fat put out for them, but I can remember a time (in the last century-blimey; just realised my life has spanned two centuries!) when they never came to a feeding station let alone acrobatically hanging from feeders.

At least 6 Long-tailed Tits were in the garden (24th), searching for food amongst the Flowering Current and other shrubs, as well as taking advantage of the fat balls.

A Dunnock and at least4 House Sparrows were also present.