If you read my blog regularly you will have read about Hoppy, a disabled blackbird that has adopted our garden. Hoppy has been a very regular visitor to our bird table since before November and expects his breakfast every morning.
Sometimes he sits on the edge of our garage roof and looks into the kitchen when we are washing up after breakfast as if to let us know he is waiting for HIS breakfast. At other times he waits on a post or the fence - watching and waiting. (Excuse the photo - must clean the windows!)
When Martyn opens the door, Hoppy flies round to the side of the house and waits close by the bird table to make sure he is first on the scene when Martyn loads up the bird table. As soon as Martyn turns his back he is straight to the buggy nibbles.
The other day I wandered round the corner of the house towards the bird table taking photos - as Bloggers do - and not paying attention to anything else. I was about a metre. (a yard), from the bird table when I looked up and saw Hoppy sitting watching me. He didn't flinch as I pointed the camera at him - in fact he just carried on eating.
This morning a less welcome visitor was spotted, a very large brown slug. I rather bravely put my finger near it to give you some idea of its size.
I think this is an arion ater otherwise known, in spite of its brown colouring, as a black slug. Apparently they aren't as destructive as the smaller slugs but I still can't grow to love them!The close-ups show its breathing hole and the eye - which only really detects light- at the end of the longer of its two pairs of tentacles.
This individual seems to be browsing on lichen.