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Flurries of house sparrows also visit regularly, squabbling, pecking and jumping on each other each other for posession of the fat ball. Earlier in the year there were lots of blackbirds and mistle thrushs - but I haven't seen them for about a month or two now.
Occasionally, I see a cat prowling down the nearby path, but with plenty of ivy and shrub cover nearby its been out of luck, thank goodness.
The sparrowhawks don't seem put off though. Sparrows are very much on the menu. I recently discovered a very busy hornets nest in a nearby tree. I was very pleased to see that these magnificent animals seemed to be thriving despite generations of persecution. I live in North Kent.
A huge roost of sparrows in the pyrancantha hedge have been very noisy this week - the sparrowhawk knows exactly where they are, but usually takes something larger. Very few wood pigeons about at the moment - I'm not sorry as they were becoming a real pest. Collared doves, blue tits and great tits are still regular visitors, and of course the quarrelsome starlings who love the windfall apples, but not many other types recently.
I love watching the squirrels in the garden, even though they can be cheeky rascals, especially when they chase each other round and round the oak tree trunk. It is amazing they don't get dizzy and fall off! I, too, have pictures a squirrel inside an allegedly squirrel proof feeder. ;)
Now the weather is getting colder the birds are coming back to the feeders in numbers.