Great Spotted Woodpecker
This is a very rare visitor to my garden. He only gave me enough time to fire off a quick shot before he was gone again.
These birds were close to extinction here in the UK a few years ago. Following a very successful release scheme there are now hundreds of them. Quite often I will have 20 or more circling in the sky over my house.
This Squirrel is a regular visitor to my bird table. He steals the food and will break into containers of food and take everything as can been seen with the slice of toast that he has just pinched.
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Paul Beecroft (above center – the one without the hump) has spent a good deal of his life in law enforcement, in England. He’s worked Foot Patrol, Area Car, Instant Response Car and also as a Police Motorcyclist. Most recently, Paul worked as a coroner’s investigator and has traveled all over England, Wales, Scotland and even Germany to investigate crimes.
Paul retired from his colorful career just a couple of weeks ago.