Squatter & Gatecrashers – #OneWeek

Living in the countryside means our garden is a hive of wildlife activity.  We have a multitude of bird life.  Of course our chick, chick, chick, chick, chickens live there too.  We also have at least one hedgehog, who we manage to glimpse occasionally.  Foxes use it as their route into the adjoining fields. We have found badger tracks on several occasions.  Rabbits, hares and even pheasants all grace us with their presence at some point throughout the year.  We have just as much activity during the winter months as we do in spring/summer.  We have several bird feeding stations and lots of berry rich trees and bushes, so there is a constant food supply.

We even had some very unexpected visitors, who managed to escape their cosy barn and come for a wander through our yard instead!  I think they liked the look of our barn more.


Our latest visitor though appears to have taken up residence and if he isn’t stealing the chickens food, he’s raiding the bird feeders.

So here he is, the very cheeky Sammy squirrel!  Unfortunately not a red one, although there is a small colony of them a few miles from our house, so I live in hope that one day we might get a little red fellow.



 This is a link up with the amazing Sarah at Older Mum (in a muddle) and her One Week – winter linky


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6 thoughts on “Squatter & Gatecrashers – #OneWeek

  1. We have chookies too, and love them but being the last house in the burbs our foxes are more urban than cute. We can only aspire to your full rural idle and associated gate crashes – next move perhaps :)

    • It is lovely living with only nature as neighbours, although it can feel a bit isolated sometimes, especially if we get snowed in.

  2. That’s so fab you live amongst so much wildlife – love that the cows took a quick detour through your yard. Love that hanging bird feeder – naughty squirrel – shame about the demise of the reds isn’t it?

    • It’s usually sheep that break out and storm the front garden, so the cows were a surprising change. I’d love to get a red squirrel, but I doubt that we will, I really hope they can stop them dying out completely

  3. Oh my, it’s Timmy Tiptoes! I can relate to this post as we too get various animals wandering past. At this very moment goats are on the road outside. I feel for the goatherd… it’s freezing out there today.

    • It’s funny to just look out and see random creatures wandering about. Goats would be lots of fun to have invading us.

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