We live in a lovely part of North Wales and have lots of fields surrounding our house. We enjoy watching all our visitors and thought I’d just mention a few of them here. For a couple of evenings we had the tubs of bird seed knocked over and the lids removed – they’re big, heavy tubs so it wasn’t a bird doing it and by watching through the kitchen window I had my suspicions confirmed – it was a badger! Unfortunately, he’s very nervous and we haven’t been able to get a photo of him yet. Of course, it being Wales, we have sheep to look at! And the farmer puts his cattle to graze just so we can watch them while doing the washing-up.

Pheasants
'Phil' the pheasant

'Phil' the pheasant

For the past couple of years we’ve been visited by ‘Phil’ who we can recognise as he is not a minister (most of the males have a white collar which make them look like a vicar but he hasn’t!). He was quite timid at first and you can see  when you look at the photo of him with Nigel that he was very skinny too! Poor thing, used to chase the ‘ladies’ around, puffing himself up to make him look more attractive but they just carried on eating.

Phil in strutting pose

Phil in strutting pose

At first, he would only eat from the scoop but now will sit on the fountain outside and shout for his dinner and will happily take it from our hands. We don’t have a photo of him this year yet but he’s much bigger and healthier looking. While he eats, he mumbles to himself constantly – strange sort of noise but quite endearing.

Correction: just after posting this article, he popped round for dinner – so Nigel grabbed this shot of him as he is now. One of his ladies was approaching, so he was strutting a bit, as you can see!

We have now managed to get one of his harem (he’s got between 8 – 11) to eat out of our hands – she’s called Felicity (and we have Fern, Fiona, Pheobe and then we ran out of ‘f’ names!).

I didn’t realise what gorgeous colours these males have – purple, teal, kingfisher etc. and some of the females, when you get close to them, are more than just a plain beige.

Nigel and Phil

Nigel and Phil

When he was timid

When he was timid

He likes me too!

He likes me too!

Other visitors

We get other very welcome visitors too: breeding pairs of woodpeckers, loads of common smaller birds, the odd sparrow hawk and a couple of buzzards; lots of pigeons and a lovely pair of nuthatches.

I think it's a male

I think it's a male

Can you spot his missus?

Can you spot his missus?

Isn't he gorgeous

Isn't he gorgeous

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

He's not quite as welcome!

He's not quite as welcome!

I can see the horses from my craft room

In the field to one side of us are lots of horses – I think they’re just there for breeding purposes. It’s so cute to see the foals wobbling around on those spindly legs and then a week or so later they start racing and playing with each other just like kids do!

My son is holding this baby bunny which we had to rescue, poor little thing was damaged and very shakey so we took him to a rescue centre out of harms way.

Mums and Babies

Mums and Babies

Traumatised!

Traumatised!

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