Weeds!

This was growing in the middle of our patch of bedding plants & sweet peas, so we decided to leave it to see what it bloomed into…

Weed…we’re so glad we did :) Poppy

PoppyAfter all, weeds are just wild flowers growing in the “wrong” place :)

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What will a mouse eat?

Being as our regular woodmouse eats nuts like there’s no tomorrow, I thought I’d see if it would eat anything else. So over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying different types of food that I would normally put out for the birds.

First off was a fat ball – which it did like… in fact it was on it literally 10 minutes after I put it out – it must have smelt the yummy goodness :) Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of this, and the Starlings also spotted it so it was devoured in less than an hour! (the fat ball, not the mouse ;) )

The next thing I tried was an apple.  Again, it was munching away on it within 30 minutes of me putting it out.

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Then I tried banana.  It had a little nibble of this, but didn’t look too impressed. After a couple of minutes, it went back on to the nut feeder, so I threw the banana onto the garden where it was quickly picked up by a couple of Jackdaws and Starlings.

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

I’m thinking I may try putting out some cheese – or is that a bit too cliché?! If anyone could recommend anything else to feed it, please comment to let me know.

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Garden? More like a creche!

Yep, the babies have landed! All very cute, and equally as noisy :)

So far we’ve had Sparrows, Starlings, Goldfinches, Blackbird (which may have fledged from the nest in our hedge?!), Jackdaws, and I think we even got a few young Siskins. Below are some shots taken in the last few days – a bit poor quality though as they were through the kitchen window (that’s my excuse anyway ;) )…

Juvey Blackbird

Juvey Blackbird

Juvey Starling

Juvey Starling

Juvey Sparrow

Juvey Sparrow

Jackdaws

Jackdaws

Jackdaws

Jackdaws

Mr...

Mr…

...and Mrs :)

…and Mrs

Siskins

Siskins

More Sparrows!

More Sparrows!

This shot is just to prove we do get blue sky in Ireland occasionally ;)

Blue sky!

Blue sky!

And of course, this little guy (or gal) is still around :)

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Hello!

Hello!

Cutie

Cutie

Of course there is a downside to having so many young birds in the garden… the screeching calls of “feed me” is now my alarm clock at 5am every day!

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16 months later…

If anybody is still following my blog, I’d like to start by apologising for not interacting / posting for the last 16 months! I have no excuse other than I’ve been extremely busy with my business! It’s taken all this time to realise that the busier I am, the less I’m enjoying it… my weekends are spent researching articles for my social media posts, studying & generally working – this isn’t what self employment was supposed to be like :(

So, I’ve decided enough is enough, I need to take time out to recharge my batteries, and I’m going to have 1 day a week where I try to focus purely on anything to do with nature! (However, this is not set in stone & obviously my business does come first ;) )

So, back to the garden! A quick update… we’re still in the same house in the gorgeous village of Greystones in Co. Wicklow (the Garden County), Ireland. We still have overgrown shrubbery and hedges bordering the back garden. And we still have birds… lots of them :)

We still have a nestbox (which is still empty & has been ever since we put it up!), and for a few weeks its roof was being used a landing pad for a pair of Blackbirds nesting in the hedge behind it.  I’m not quite sure what’s happened to the Blackbird chicks, both parents were feeding every minute but all of a sudden they’ve stopped & we haven’t seen any comings or goings from the nest :( Hopefully they will try again…

Below is a small selection of photos taken over the last month or so of the main feeder at the very back of the garden. You’ll have to excuse their quality, it’s taking me a while to get back into the whole photography thing!

House Sparrows

House Sparrows

Female Blackcap

Female Blackcap

Female Blackcap

Female Blackcap

Siskins

Siskins

I also hung a small peanut feeder in the hedge just outside the patio door to encourage the smaller Coal Tits etc to use it (our garden is dominated by House Sparrows and Starlings), imagine my surprise when I came home one afternoon to find this little fella feeding :)

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Such a cutie! And it’s actually got used to us, these photos were taken in broad daylight standing very close to it. It probably feels safe as there is a lot of cover (ivy & hedge) to dive into if needed.

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

Woodmouse

So there you have it! A quick update from my backyard. Again I’m sorry for the lack of posts in the last year or so. If anybody is still following this blog – Thank You :)

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Happy New Year

I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year :)

Of course, a new year means the start of a new list – so, my garden bird list is wiped clean and the hope of beating the 36 species from 2010 starts again :)

The record for 2011 was pretty poor due to a number of factors…… the mild winter certainly didn’t help….. my focus was more on my business than bird watching – check out OutofhoursAdmin if you need virtual admin help (shameless plug – sorry ;) )….. the number of diseased birds meant I had to abandon feeding them for the majority of the year….. and basically pure laziness on my part meant I didn’t really go out anywhere like I promised myself I would!

So, will this year be any different?  I’d like to say yes, but who knows? I’m hoping to expand my business this year which may mean even less time to look out of the window, but I’m trying to plan at least 30 minutes into my diary every day with my camera poised at the kitchen window – I may even clean the windows first :)

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Christmas and that 2012 is the start of another successful, healthy year for you all, and thanks for continuing to visit my blog :)

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