I’ve been a terrible blogger as of late, I know. I have the attention span of a gnat at times and the appeal of the “micro-blogging” in status updates on Facebook or with Tweets on Twitter, has been more than enough to convey what I’ve been up to. Sometimes, 140 characters is all you need. Today though, I present you with some wildlife.

Muntjac DeerThere are the tiny Muntjac Deer, that are dog sized, that have become a very common sight around our house. There’s a pair that seem to be making a home in the brushy area at the end of our driveway. They are an introduced species, a native of China, having escaped and established feral populations from parks in the early twentieth century. They are also referred to as “barking deer” for characteristic loud barking, which we hear in the night seemingly just outside our windows.

DSC_8953Pheasants are another extremely common visitor to our yard. This female has become a sort of “guard bird” of our back yard, patrolling the perimeter, carefully making her way along the greenery and settling down for a snooze on the ivy. The males are all around us too. We hear their loud barks constantly, it is like having a very funny shaped dog loitering on our roof tops and garages on our Close.

Spring has fully sprung here, song birds are going berserk, the bluebells are starting up again, so I anticipate another sojourn through some bluebell woods again soon.