However the narrow strip of garden that you can see is full of trees and shrubs which attract plenty of birds. Yesterday I heard an unmistakeable bird sound and looked out to see two ring-necked parakeets up near the top of the large tree just along to the left.
The view out back is little better but there is a wide strip of grass and plenty of trees. As the service road is now blocked off to vehicles and there are few cats and dogs around it has meant that the wildlife is relatively undisturbed there.
Last week when it was snowy I started scattering some bird seed and porridge oats on the concrete areas that were still clear. This morning I did that, made a cup of tea then walked into the back room to see if anything was out there. I was delighted to see four squirrels, a handful of starlings , two magpies, about ten wood pigeons, the robin and a pair of blackbirds (the female being brown with a dark beak, unlike the glossy black male with a golden beak). Yesterday I saw a lone female chaffinch and some blue tits flitting about in the trees.
The squirrels are resident and provide endless entertainment both on the ground feeding and scampering through the trees. Mind you I got a shock when one fell out of the nearby palm tree yesterday but thankfully it seemed unfazed!
I would love to get some good photos but with my camera that seems unlikely but I’ll keep trying! I took this through the window this morning and you can see some woodpigeons taking flight, and can you spot the squirrel!