Garden Visitors

I forgot to mention some extra garden visitors we’ve had in my usual Monday garden post, so I thought I’d give them their own post!

In our garden, just by the conservatory, we have a bird feeder, one of those that has four hangers on it so we can offer a variety to our feathered friends, such as sunflower seeds, peanuts,fat balls and a mixed seed. It’s a great time waster, I can spend hours just sitting and watching them flit in and out.

Our regular visitors include bullfinch, goldfinch and greenfinch, four different types of tits as well as the usual blackbirds, robins and sparrows. During an unexpected snowfall a few weeks ago when the roads ground to a halt, I spotted another little visitor, a tiny field mouse, scurrying around picking up all the dropped seeds. There’s always plenty on the floor as the finches in particular are either very fussy or very messy eaters – they seem to drop more then they eat!

I deduced that they live in the old, rotten raised bed by the wall under a heap of geraniums and clematis. Of course we soon also deduced there were two! They’re very sweet, scampering about the foliage.

Well at the weekend I was watching for birds when I saw one of them scaling the honeysuckle next to the feeders. He tried to get across on on tiny thin twig, it was quite amusing to see his tail waving madly as he tried to keep his balance. He obviously decided that wasn’t going to work and tried a higher branch which got him neatly onto the peanut feeder.

I watched him for a while, then I had time to go up stairs, find my camera, change the lens, come back down and still had time to take lots of photos – he must have been there at least ten minutes! Isn’t he cute! I like seeing little mice around the garden, though anything bigger is to be discouraged!!

Yesterday we were sat out enjoying the sunshine and a butterfly came and landed on me. I think it’s a comma butterfly – I even saw the tiny white marking on the underneath of it’s wings which give it it’s name! He would stay for a few minutes, sitting on my arm or my finger, flutter off for a minute, then come back again. He spent the best part of half an hour with me. He is beautiful, it was nice seeing it so close too, his body is an emerald green colour in part!

This is the silver lining to my social isolation – I’ve got time to sit and watch and enjoy the garden visitors! Hope you’re all keeping safe.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Garden Visitors

  1. What a fun post. I think mice are such cute creatures…outside. The butterfly looks like velvet in that last photo. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Gail says:

    Sitting in your yard is better than any TV program…lots of activity and comings and goings. Great pictures!

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  3. tinaor says:

    Lovely seeing a little more wildlife around. I guess there are possibly more than just a pair of field mice! Yesterday I enjoyed watching the bumble bees flitting from one flower to another in my garden. There have been butterflies too – I know nothing about them but one amazing one was almost lime green and so pretty amongst the dandelions. I have plenty of weeds amongst the flowers!

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  4. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous and great to see

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    The mouse is so cute and soon you will have a whle family of them! Just saying. The garden does provide hours of unintended amusement. Lovely post.

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Delighted to see your charming guests in their own post, with lovely photos ~ thank you! xxx

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  7. I agree, everybody needs to eat, LOL! Those little critters can be so clever getting to the food. Love your butterfly, it is said to be good luck to have one land on you. The charms of a garden are so soothing these days.

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  8. tialys says:

    Aw, that little mouse. I rescued one the other day – the cats had bought one into the conservatory through the cat flap. I released it further up the garden even though my husband said it wouldn’t survive if it wasn’t in its own territory. i just couldn’t bear to see the cats torturing it. Great photo of the beautiful butterfly – a lovely golden colour.

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  9. Very cool garden visitors – great photos!

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  10. Leif Price says:

    Expect the unexpected, lol! Even little mouse visits your garden!

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