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What have you seen around lately – please let us know?

Over the last few months we have been visited by very
many birds including the more normal British garden varieties such as robins, blue tits,
sparrow, magpies, crow, pigeons.  We have, however, also seen a woodpecker and
nuthatch on the bird table, which is a little more unusual for us.

Our garden in the South East of England is regularly
visited by rabbits, squirrels, foxes, moles and pheasants but, just recently, we saw a
stoat in the middle of the afternoon.

No matter how old your are or where you are situated in
the world, please let us know what you have seen recently in
your own locality.

These can then be included in this page and it will be
interesting to build up a picture from around the globe.


25th March, 2014 – 
For several days now a goldcrest has been attacking my bathroom window; 
I assume he thinks there is another bird on his territory. 
Goldcrests used to be a rare sight but, apparently they are now seen
more frequently.


17th July, 2013 – As
we have recently been enjoying a long, hot spell here in the UK I was
sitting in my garden in West Sussex, UK reading when, lo and behold, a
badger calmly walked passed me across the lawn.   As you can
imagine I was very surprised as badgers are nocturnal animals and it was
midday.  Apparently daytime visits can mean they are in trouble but
there was no obvious sign in this case.  I have also read they
sometimes come above ground in hot weather so, hopefully, that was the
reason for this unusual sighting.

June


 

I have just seen a stoat in our back garden we live in Barton on Sea,
Hampshire.

Ann Payne


 

We saw a pheasant sitting in a bushy tree on Mitchell Street, EC1V
3PX (London) yesterday afternoon 03.04.12. After about 30 minutes it
eventually flew off towards the open space on Radnor Street. We were all
amazed – the bird seemed to be quite relaxed even though people were
playing football near by.

Jenny Goble


Foxes have been seen in a garden in Oxton,
Wirral;   they look healthy, we think they live under the
privet trees

Sue Littler


Two deer feeding in the garden in West
Sussex.


17 pheasants, male and female, walking
through our garden in South East England.


I live in East London and was amazed and
privileged this morning to see a gorgeous red stoat at the edge of a stream
on my local nature reserve.

Ruth


I am pleased to say I have now received some entries
from other parts of the world, I have copied them as written as I personally find this all
part of the charm – more friendly. like speaking to old friends:-

 

We saw a stoat on our decking outside our
back door today (6th January, 2007) –  I think it is living underneath
it as there appears to be a couple of little dug out tracks leading
underneath it that are stoat sized!

Karen Gray,
Aberdeenshire, Scotland


 

We think we saw a Stoat at about 2.30pm
on the 02-May-2005.

It was reddish colour (similar to red
squirrel) with what seemed to be a long black tail. (it wasn’t a red
squirrel that is for sure)

The location was the village of Huncote
in Leicestershire (LE9 6AD)

A couple of times it darted out of a
hedge row, ran along the path for a few yards and then darted back into
the hedge.

Observations
from Neil Bywater



“I am lucky enough to live to a wooded area in
Wirral, Merseyside (UK), close to marshland which the developers have not yet got their
hands on! but unlucky enough to be a mile or so from major industry and docklands.

In the garden over the last month we have seen
nuthatches and mistle thrushes along with the normal sparrows, blackbirds, collared doves
and robins.  In the evening we have an owl over in the woods, which passed closely
overhead the other night and also bats and a couple of herons.  In the woods are grey
squirrels, a couple of jays and magpies.  Quite a diverse selection and great fun to
watch.”

Thanks to Stephanie Roddick for
this snapshot of the North West of the U.K.

 

owl


“My family lives in east central Kentucky right in
the middle of a small rural town.  I wanted to let you know what we see in our
backyard and garden most days.  We have numerous birds including robins, wrens,
blackbirds, titmouse, cardinals and a family of bluebirds have made it home.  
Although the bluebirds are beautiful, they can be quite mean at times.  We had a
couple of hummingbirds last year but have not seen them so far this year.  There are
also squirrels and rabbits.  Also the occasional pest, oppossums and skunks.   I
have many feeders for the wildlife and love to see them all, well almost all of
them!”

Thanks to Reva Moore for this
insight into life in Kentucky.


“Here in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, we have
many beautiful birds.  If you have a garden you will have a large variety of birds
turning up for breakfast, the magpies, butcher birds, spangled drongos, blackfaced cuckoo
shrikes and magpie larks all love a feed of mince (hamburger meat).  Some are very
tame and will take it from your hand, then when the tummies are full they will serenade
you with a song.  There was once magpie lark (or peewee as they are called) who came
up the steps and in my door demanding a feed of cheese.  You may also have some very
colourful birds, the rainbow lorikeets: when the bottle brush trees are in flower the
trees will be covered in lorikeets.  When there are no flowers available they gorge
on bread soaked in syrup of honey and water.  You may even have a visit from a
kookaburra who will sit there and laugh his head off.”

My thanks to Mary Jo Gray for
this lovely account of the birds who visit her garden.   The names alone are so
beautiful, let alone the birds!


“We have just moved up to the Mountains in Showlow
Arizona.  I put out hummingbird feeders and one just isn’t enough for those little
critters.  We have 14 hummers.  My Cockatoo has taken to mimicking their
buzzing.  We have also seen several horney toads which are the strangest looking
things.  I won’t dare pick one up though.  I don’t want them spitting blood at
me.  So I have been told, there are also a couple of mountain lions that live on the
mountain side (Dutch Mountain).  I really have no desire to see them near my ranch
unless we are out on a horse back ride and they are far away from my home.”

Unfortunately no contact name
given for this contribution – but thank you!

 

“We live on 5 acres in California.  Frequent
visitors are lots of deer, wild turkeys and an occasional Coyote and Mountain Lion.  
Our most frequent visitors are two Hummingbirds.  The female, I have named Hummy and
the male, I have named Hammy, because both names fit.  They come often to partake of
the flowers as well as the water from the fountain.”

Contribution from Inda Hill (I
think) – thank you.

“I love and encourage wildlife
around our lakefront home in the Ozarks.  We enjoy the antics of the squirrels,
rabbits and the many birds.  The deer are really dear, until they start to lunch on
my flowers.  I discover which flowers they like and sprinkle them with red pepper.
  They soon find another eatery.  Ivory soap may work, if they are not too
hungry or thirsty as they are this dry summer.  They are welcome to nibble on non
blooming shrubs etc.  I have some neat pictures of them having a meal on a shrub near
our deck.”

Thank you Betty Owens for this
contribution.

“I saw and took a photo of a huge
monarch butterfly.  The picture shows all his spots on his wings so awesomely.  
Also we have a pesty mole.”

Contribution from ‘ronanddeec’
– thanks.

I’d love to share outdoor experiences and other things
with you and your web site.

My fiance, 12-year old son and I are located in northeastern Ohio which is in the
southeast portion of the great lakes of North America.

Among a variety of birds similar to yours in England (i.e., robins, sparrows, titmouse and
the like) we have found ourselves in the middle of a possible highway for North America’s
various migrating birds. Some we have identified originate from points much further south.
Among those noted are one or two varieties of ruby-treated hummingbirds and a 2-foot (yes
2- foot) tall piloted woodpecker. He looks a lot like the cartoon character
woody-woodpecker. He appeared VERY close to our dining room window where he enjoyed a
snack of honey-covered sunflower seeds. He stayed on for about 2 weeks and then was off to
points unknown.

The hummingbirds stayed long-enough to bear a some one. I noticed that once it was feeding
alone they too where off to somewhere south. From information learned from our national
audobon bird book they fly as far south as Peru.

Another “strange” creature appeared under our dining room window early in the
spring – a female turkey. My understanding is there is quite a few out here in this area.
We are quite rural. Although no one has noted one coming as close as she did. Its amazing
with the dogs being let out so often.

In addition to what I have mentioned above we have also noted a few hawks, eagles, mallard
ducks and Canadian geese. Most of which are native to this part of the country. My
understanding is that the hawks are as recently introduced as 5 years ago.

In the evening skies we have witnessed MANY brown bats which have chanced to visit our
living room during supper. My only consolation with this is that they are most curious and
help reduce the mosquito population. Owls are a great comfort in the evening however my
eyes have only briefly caught their fast flying pass through deep into the evening. I
would love to get a pair of night vision goggles to few them up close in tree tops of the
woods behind us.

                                                 
   Our thanks to Lynda (soon to
be) Koszewski


 

 

 

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