Young Robin - taken 2009 in back garden - Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


When was the last time you actually watched wildlife in your back garden?

Today? Last week? Can't remember? In today's modern world, we are finding it increasingly difficult to relax and take time out from work or family. This blog is to remind you all of the free entertainment that we can enjoy each and every day - WILDLIFE!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Tonight I was looking through photos of the last house we lived in & ended up missing it quite badly (even though I wasn't that fussed when we left!).
Reason for missing it? The back garden - I know we have a kind of wooded area at the moment but I miss the 'normal' suburban back garden, with the Starlings and the Sparrows etc etc (okay I may have had a couple of glasses of red wine at this point)!
So anyway, this post is dedicated to our old back garden (apologies but all of these photos were taken with my old camera and through windows!) ......

We planted a 'wild flower meadow' in our back garden, neighbours may have thought it was 'messy' but nature loved it! I really miss the colours now - I can't wait for Spring/Summer to arrive properly!

We put up a wooden bird feeder on the side of the shed which the Sparrows loved - only thing was the Starlings also loved it when it rained to shelter in!

The summer before we moved we started getting a Goldfinch with a deformed claw (who I named Gripper to go with Stumpy the Starling!)

Unfortunately we moved house before I could really monitor 'Gripper', so I've no idea what happened to him (or her).
I'm actually looking forward to moving house again just to see what other birds I can get back in the garden!


Chris said...

Hi Sharon,
you will eventually turn to love your new area as soon as more birds will pop up over there. Changes are a big challenge, but we sometime need that. Meanwhile you got a nice memory post with nice pictures!

Phil said...

Hi Sharon. Nice little preview of what we have got to come. It seems to have been a long time since I looked out on the garden and saw bright colourful flowers and summer light.
Good luck with your move!

Warren Baker said...

Sharon, that was a proper garden, wildlife friendly. I hope your new garden gets the same make-over :-)

ShySongbird said...

It looked great Sharon, I suspect you got bees and butterflies galore as well as the birds!

I hope you enjoy your next garden and the birds that visit as much as you did the last two.

Sharon said...

Thanks guys - can't wait to move in now - from what I can remember the new garden is small but has loads of shrubbery / hedges / trees and the shed is covered in ivy! Wouldn't be surprised if something nests in there every year!