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!

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!


Bob Bushell said...

Good for you, Sharon. The Hedgehog could be a lot better than in drain

Warren Baker said...

Nice to hear from you again Sharon :-)

I think those Starlings may have pollen on their faces, after feeding on nectar ?

Well done with your Hodgeypig!

ShySongbird said...

Great to have you back Sharon! Poor old Hedgehog, what a blessing you found it, I expect it was trying to get a drink which reminds me I need to put a saucer of water out in the vain hope one visits me, a few years ago they always visited but I haven't seen any signs for some time.

Not sure what to make of the Starling but could well be pollen, I hope that is all it is. Lovely photo of the juvenile Goldfinch.

Chris said...

Welcome back to birding and blogging. Happy to see you again. You are lucky to get hedgehog, we do not have them over here ;-)

Sharon said...

Thanks for the warm welcome back! We actually had to keep the hedgehog overnight but I'll do another post about that!

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