Over the past few years the population and variety of bird frequenting our garden has increased so I thought you might like to see some of them. At the moment regularly feeding in the garden are Collared doves, Starlings, Sparrows, Magpies, Blackbirds, Blue-tits, Longtailed-tit, Dunnocks, Robins and a Wren. We also have 3 Woodpigeons and used to have 3 Crows that nested in the top of the sycamore tree. The magpies seem to have taken over their nest now and have successfully reared a family over the past couple of years.

An added bonus we have enjoyed twice is the appearance of a Sparrowhawk resting at the side of the pond. We are very thrilled to have all these birds as we live in a very built up area in the large city of Leeds In West Yorkshire.

The birds have increased each year since we started to feed them and our cat doesn’t bother them in the least. They love to bathe and drink in the waterfall. They share the garden with 3 Squirrels who like to chase up and down the large branches of the sycamore tree and pinch their food whenever possible. You can often find a squirrel resting on top of the blue-tit nesting box eating an apple. The squirrels also like to take the fat balls and bird seed and hide them in the plantpots or dig them into the lawn. They also come and take the whole peanut bag leaving nothing for the birds.

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