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, July 4, 2010

Weekly Tweet has Moved!

After encountering problems with Blogger for a while now (mainly with photos), I've decided to move to WordPress.
Unfortunately I've had to change the blogs name to Shazzas Backyard Blog 

Please click on the link to have a look.
I hope you will all still visit me :-) Thanks

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Good News

Where do I begin?  After weeks of neglecting Weekly Tweet & all the blogs I follow, I can now get back on track - my business is now full time which means I get my evenings & weekends back to enjoy the birds again! Happy Days!  Of course, that means you have to read more of my waffle ;-)

First things first updates on our garden activity:- we still have plenty of juveniles visiting - Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Starlings, Sparrows, even a couple of young Linnets (no photos though, I'm afraid).

Another piece of good news is the Housemartins won their nest back & are busy flitting back and forth feeding - I'd love to see them fledge (especially as I now work from home) but don't think I can sit glued to the window all day (unfortunately)!

We have been inundated with Starlings every day and I've noticed about 3 that have varying discolouration to their heads / beaks.  Does anyone know what this is? Have they picked up some kind of illness or is it just different colouring?

Another piece of good news - guess what we rescued this morning?  This fella was found down our drain (we must get a cover for it), a bit wet & probably tired but was a good size and seemed okay.
We placed it at the back of the garden, next to the shed where its all overgrown and covered in leaves / ivy.
After watching it for half an hour (just to make sure it's okay), it started to move and has now buried itself underneath all the leaf litter.
This is my first encounter with a Hedgehog over here in Ireland and I'm pleased to say it was a happy one!