A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL BLOGGERS AND READERS .
It took all of last year to get a garden tick for a Fox , so it came as quite a surprise when two Foxes appeared in the garden this morning . They stayed well down the bottom for most of the time , but one , I think the same animal that was in the garden before Christmas , did venture halfway up to the house , somewhat nervously . But , he didn't come any further , as he heard a noise from next door , which turned out to be the dog being let out into the garden , and immediately turned tail , and headed back to the bottom for cover , shame , as without the noise , he would have come much closer .
The cold and the overnight dusting of snow , brought all the usual birds to the feeders , and the male Greater Spotted Woodpecker seemed to be very partial to the seed/fat mixture , pressed into the drilled holes . Both male and female Blackcaps put in an appearance , as did several Rose Ringed Parakeets , and of course , the local Jackdaws came down in numbers , scaring everything else off . The Redwings and Fieldfares are still working their way through the cotoneaster berries , I reckon they will last about another week .
After visitors yesterday , I did manage to get out for a while this afternoon , and headed to Keston Ponds , wrong decision , as just about every family in the area seemed to be there , enjoying the Winter sunshine . I suppose I can't have it to myself all the time .
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