Posted: 10/03/2014 at 15:11
Ah, Mister Rat! Opportunist, intelligent and forever with us! We had a huge outdoor rat problem after our last cat died....within three years the rats had colonised the garden shed ( by digging under it ). When I saw one ON the bird table, eating the bird food ( our cats never bothered with birds - too many feathers, too little meat ) I decided enough was enough. The new cats have put paid to any sign of Mister Rat, and the only mice and voles I've seen ( we live in an agricultural farming area ) are the regurgitated ones.
And yes, Mister Blackbird and his ladies are happily in residence and unmolested in the beech hedges!
A few years ago we had a blackbird who sang, as part of his repertoire, a very convincing 'Trim-Fone' trill. Goodness knows where he'd learned it, probably from someone's ringtone, but it was unbelievably accurate. He was with us for about three years but sadly I've not heard that distinctive warble for a few. And no, he disappeared BEFORE the new rat-catchers arrived!