Friday, 13 January 2012

3 - 134 - 818 - 36000

Wow. Have I really been prattling on about the wildlife visitors to my garden for 3 years? Yes according to the statistics. When I first started I wondered just how would people find this blog. Would they be interested? Would I find much to write about? It really started as an outlet for my photographs and I am more than a little surprised that the total has reached 818 blog entries. The whole experience has far exceeded my expectations. Visitors from 134 different countries have made over 36000 visits. My grateful thanks to one and all for visiting and for leaving lovely comments. If you can stand the pace then I intend to keep going for at least another 3 years.

Last Winter was very hard for our feathered friends and it was interesting that this photo from my first blog entry 3 years ago shows similar conditions:

Winter Bath Time

Fortunately, so far this Winter, the birds have had an easier time as temperatures have been above average, here in Lincolnshire anyway.

I have been a bit lax visiting other blogs recently. Bobby's health has been up and down for a couple of weeks necessitating several visits to the vets to get his medication sorted out. The water tablets he was prescribed gave him a raging thirst. He was drinking so much his appetite dropped right off, even turning up his nose to all his favourite food. Things are getting better and a reduction in his medication is slowly restoring his interest in food.

To end with, here is the first video I put on my blog. A Blue Tit with puffed out feathers sheltering in a nest box on a very cold Winter's night.

As far as I can tell the nest box hasn't been used as a roost so far this Winter.

Have a great time observing the wildlife around you.


  1. Congratulations.
    I'm glad Bobby is feeling better. May he continue to do so.

  2. Congratulations, John. Three years of such regularly blogging is quite an achievement :-)

    I agree completely with you on the blogging experience exceeding expectations. I never intended becoming ‘a Blogger’ but what fun it has been. I’ve enjoyed our exchanges over the last 3 years and look forward to many more. Sending my best wishes to Bobby.

  3. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, John! Proves that time does indeed fly. I for one have totally enjoyed your interesting, educational and entertaining posts, complete with photos, videos, nestboxes, cameras, micros, hedgehogs, pheasants, and everything and all about the infamous Birdy Bistro :)

    I am pleased to hear that Bobby's medication seems to be easier on him (and you). It's such a concern when figuring out what's best for your loyal pal.

    Anyway, thanks again for your blog postings and for commenting on mine as well :)

    Looking forward to more....

  4. Congratulations on 3 years John.

    I've enjoyed every post that I've visited.
    All the best to Bobby; and of course your good self.
    Hope to read many more posts from you.

  5. Congratulations on your 818 blog posts. It's a fascinating glimpse into life on the other side of the world for me. Please, keep the posts coming! I'm glad Bobby is a little better and I wish him a complete recovery.

  6. Keep them coming, John! Give Bobby a big kiss on the nose for me. :-)

  7. Happy 3rd Birthday John,

    Reaching 3 years of age is a tremendous achievement as we know just how difficult it is to keep writing a blog and to re-start writing, after the updates had stopped for a while (even after a very long while :( ), so we have tremendous admiration for all your updates. They've all been wonderful and such a joy to read and they've given us a great insight into your life and show that you've such a very wide & varied set of interests, and all, focusing on the marvels of nature that surrounds us all. We've also learned quite a few things from your hints and tips too. Thank you and long may you continue.

    We send Bobby our good wishes as we know he is an indispensible part of your team.

  8. Thank you one and all for your good wishes. Feeding Bobby is the main problem at the moment as he has become very fussy since he got his latest medication. I swear it has affected his sense of smell and taste. We battle on and he is not too bad in himself.

  9. I never dreamed that anyone would be interested in what I was growing on my allotment! I took a lot of persuading.. and here I am years later. I love the quality of your photos, your enthusiasm for your own back garden and your amazing photographic gadgets, and I love Bobby too! Keep blogging John.

  10. Thank you kindly Matron. I really should get out more but there is usually plenty going on in the back garden.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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