I have catalogued 61 Species of bird (including flyovers) but regularly get Stock Doves, Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal, Great, Blue & Long tailed Tit (don't get Willow or Marsh) Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch. Goldcrest, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush & Blackbird. More seasonal visitors include, Siskin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and Willow Warbler. Here are a few pics :-
Occasionally I have gulls in the garden, they regularly fly between the River Dee and the River Mersey, which a good roosting ground for them (Manisty Mount) is only 15 minutes walk from my bungalow! Here is a picture of a Lesser Black Backed Gull enjoying a biscuit :)
Here are a couple more having a good look around !!
It's never a dull day in the Buckley home, you just never know who is going to drop in :) I am hoping to get pictures of the Tawny Owls that nest at the back of my neighbours, they had 3 Owlets last year and you know when they have arrived because they squeak, like a dog's toy ball ....well that's what it sounds like to me :p watch this space.
Now then onto the foxes, I have had a family of foxes visiting the back for the last 5 years, they know there is food and as such visit every night. Last year Rosemary had one cub (Brad) and he came back into the garden recently after a long absence away, here is his pic.
Rosemary visits also, however at the moment I am hoping she has cubs to tend to, so here is a pic of her from earlier in the Year.
As it's getting warmer, butterflies, bees and the Wood Mice become more active. I am not very good at identifying some species, so turn to @Ryanclarkphotos for help on twitter as he knows his stuff as you would expect of a student studying Environmental Biology :) Here are a few pictures I captured last year and the Wood Mouse is from this year, I have called him Mr Bojangles as he has a poorly eye and is very tame.
TAWNY MINING BEE
My dad, when he was alive, worked hard in the garden and taught me to respect your environment, I feel the work I put in looking after the plants, grasses, bushes and soil helps attract this wildlife and therefore benefits me as I get to study it close up. Rivacre Valley Country Park is not the best place to birdwatch, as we do have a lot of dog walkers, who unfortunately disturb the birds and wildlife, so if you were planning on a visit, I would recommend early morning when the valley is alive with birdsong :)
Just a couple of parting photographs, including a gorgeous double Rainbow in the front last Autumn....
and the laughing professor Yaffle, the Green Woodpecker ( I nicknamed him that because of Bagpuss), oops showing me age!! Sorry, not a very good pic.
Well, that's a little bit about me and the garden, hope you enjoyed.