Wildlife Garden Diary 2019

October 2019

 

A Hedgehog visited the garden briefly at 22.57 (2nd)

 

The rear view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen (9th) as it flew over the trees N.N.E. to the west of the property.  A new species seen from the Martham abode.  A Sparrowhawk flew over also.

A brighter day (17th) than of late saw a Small White flying over the communal areas of grass and a Buff-tailed Bumblebee was in the garden.

Meanwhile, at Filby, Ken and Joan Saul had a Ring Ouzel in their garden, their first ever record.  I know Ken and Joan garden with wildlife in mind and it just shows if you provide the habitat you can get rewarded with unusual visitors.

 

A flurry of activity in the garden......

 

On a rather dull and showery morning (18th) a flurry of activity (not seen for many weeks/months) of birds was witnessed in the garden.  Why this was, is not clear but the maximum numbers of a variety species seen in the garden (8.30 – 9.00) were: 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, Wren, Robin, 2 Blackbird, 6 Starling (with at least 20 outside the garden), 6 House Sparrows, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Wood Pigeon and a Jackdaw.  2 Goldfinches were also seen in a tree outside the garden and approximately 15 Blackbirds (mostly 1st winter) moved through the ‘neighbourhood’ coinciding with a recent influx from Europe, over the past few days.

Yes, all so-called ‘common birds’ (but then so once was the Passenger Pigeon!) but I appreciate them all and enjoy seeing them visit the little habitat I created for wildlife, which also helps my mental health issues.

Although dull and through the kitchen window’s glass, several photographs were taken to record the diversity.

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Bathroom Yellow-browed calls.!

 

A Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk (possibly two) were seen from the property (23rd).

Whilst in the bathroom a Yellow-browed Warbler called twice from somewhere to the east of the garden, but unfortunately it could not be found or heard again on exiting the bathroom.

 

Pinks and what to do with drooping Sunflowers......

 

22 Pink-footed Geese flew over in a south easterly direction (25th).

I have had self-seeding Sunflowers popping up all over the garden (which were left to grow in situ), which managed to stay upright without tying them to canes, until recently.  An idea, what to do with these ‘drooping’, seeding Sunflowers is to cut the heads off leaving a 1-2 foot piece of stem and pushing a bamboo cane into the soft interior of the stem and then pushing the cane into the ground, thus leaving the seeds for the birds to eat, which a Wood Pigeon has been doing, whilst perched on top of the bird table roof.

The remaining stems, once hollowed out are well worth keeping and then cutting them into suitable lengths to use in ‘insect houses’ or placed somewhere in the garden, in bundles tied together with string.

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A dubvious mammal guest!

 

2 Buff-tailed Bumblebees were in the garden (26th), as was a ‘slightly’ unwanted visitor; a Brown Rat!  As much as I like all flora and fauna, the rat is not one of my favourite creatures (as I believe it is not one of Sir David Attenborough’s either!), especially in close proximity to the dwelling, but then we have humans to thank for that!  Still, on the ‘positive’ side; a new mammal for the garden!

A Robin came to bathe during the late afternoon and actually scared the rat off!

 

A Red-legged Partridge flew in from the west and over the property (29th).