Our back garden fence provides a wildlife highway, running North to South. Here is a Grey Squirrel, heading in a southerly direction.
The squirrels are getting bolder. I was about 5 feet from this one. Normally they would bolt if I was that close. But, this one is just wary. Waiting for me to make my next move.
Well actually it’s more like “Noises Off” as that is what alerted me to the nocturnal shenanigans going on on my garden this evening.
It is amazing just how much noise these little critters make whilst courting.
It’s likely these are the squatters, residing under my shed.
For Christmas our granddaughter, knowing our love of wildlife in the garden, gave us a set of rustic residences to place in our garden.
First up is the Bug Hotel. Although the sign on the outside says Insects & Bees, I don’t think we will be that exclusive.
Next is the Squirrel Feeder. It’ll be nice to have something specific to them. Although I am sure the birds will make free with the food, just as the squirrels do with the bird feeders.
All that is left is the bird nesting box. Given the number of cats around our neighbourhood, we’ll have to be careful with where we site it. That’s a job for tomorrow.
These are just two of the four squirrels that were tearing around in our garden.
Sadly, the one on the left has lost most of the skin and fur from the top of his head. It was looking very sore from the nose up to between the ears. Possibly had an encounter with next doors cats.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photo, I did try to clean it up a bit. This was taken on my phone, from about fifteen feet away and through the double glazing, hence the reflections.
The Laughing Dove, or Senegal Turtledove, is not a native of Australia. It is, in fact, native to Africa and India.
Apparently, back in 1898, Perth Zoo released a number of pairs into the wild. Given the natural catastrophes, caused by the introduction of other non-indiginous species into the Australian continent, one has to ask …. “What were you thinking ?”
Now, for some, these pretty birds are referred to as “flying rats”. And, in the same way as the ground based version, viewed as vermin.
Just like the Rock Dove back in the UK, they nest on any flat surface, their excrement gathers wherever they nest and smears the outsides of buildings and monuments.
Thanks to Perth Zoo, these birds are to be found over most of Western Australia.
BBC News – Should cats be culled to stop extinctions?
Yes, yes, yes !!!
An unequivocal YES !!!
Then come round to my home area and cull the pet cat population too.
Perhaps then, some of the local wildlife will recover their numbers.
Given the current cold spell I don’t begrudge these little fellows a few peanuts. Midday and -1 outside even though the sun is shining. A few snow sprinkles falling too, although too few to bother anyone.
Although I put the peanuts out for the birds, the squirrels (and Wood Pigeons) eat the bulk of them. They are always cute and entertaining, so small price to pay for their company.
Since filling the feeders this weekend we are being visited by tits of the Blue, Great and Long-tailed varieties.
This morning, there was also a Nuthatch getting his fill of sunflower hearts.
As always, the Robins are policing the garden. In the summer they typically, aggressively, chase off any other visitors to the feeders. Perhaps, due to the cold, they are being a little more magnanimous and just observing from a distance.
The Wood Pigeons sit like vultures in the trees. Observing the comings and goings of all the other birds. Since they can no longer land on the feeders, they are relegated to hoovering up the scatterings of their smaller brethren.