Who’s Your Garden Visitor?
We’re very lucky that where we live in our East Manchester town, our garden is frequently visited by numerous different creatures. Whether it’s birds, bees, bats or butterflies, there always seems to be something wandering around out there!
Earlier this year, we noticed a beautiful family of foxes visiting the garden. They still visit from time to time but tend to be alone now that they have grown bigger and are far more wary. Below is a video that I’ve posted before but it’s a lovely throwback to their very young days:
We even had a few visits off a local mouse:
And these are just the ones, I’m quick enough to get a photo or video of – we also have a nightly visit off a small bat, a heron flying overhead as well as frogs jumping out at me whilst doing the gardening!
Keeping an Eye Out For
Personally, I’d love to have a visit off a hedgehog as I haven’t seen a wild one in years, or even a wild rabbit so hopefully one day (or night!) soon, I may get an extra special visitor.
Some animals do make me a bit nervous such as your general creepy-crawlies but I’m trying hard to warm to them these days – now that I’m getting into gardening more and more, it’s something I’m learning to live with if not quite love yet. Also, I have to admit I did jump a fair bit myself when that frog popped out at me whilst weeding. Then, later that day when I looked up and saw that heron flying over head and managed to get an appreciation of the sheer size of the thing, I may have let out quite a yelp too!
And just this weekend whilst round at my uncle’s home, my dad spotted what we think was a hawk feasting on something in the garden – take a look – what do you think it is? **Update: Have been informed its a sparrowhawk**
Are you lucky enough to have a particular wild animal come to visit your garden? Or have you any tips on how to attract and care for our wildlife visitors?