I had a special visitor to my garden the other day and I actually managed to take a photo!
Just in case you're wondering, it's a nuthatch! I was delighted to see not one but two the other day creeping about on one of the trees in my own garden - however they were far too flighty to stay still for me to get a quick snap so I decided to put out this bird feeder and see what I could attract and behold nuthatch upside down on it feeding!! It's not the best quality photo obviously snapped through a window and standing the other side of the kitchen so as not to spook it so here's one that someone else took that shows this bird in all its glory.
Courtesy of Paul Riddle at http://www.naturespot.org.uk/
I was actually quite surprised to find out that it's not a rare bird in England or Wales (although it doesn't seem to frequent Scotland so much!) as this is only the second one I've seen in my life time (the first time was when I was a child at my parent's house). Obviously, I just haven't been in the right place at the right time! Anyway I hope to see them both hanging about the garden on the bird feeder - when I have the cats in I might add.
Have you seen something in nature recently that is quite rare to you? Do you have nuthatches in your garden? How do you squirrel proof your bird feeder? Let me know in the comments below as I'm always happy to hear!