Well almost, a good near 2nd. The loch view above, seen from one of the visitor hides at SWT Loch of the Lowes, is maybe missing from the garden but recent activity seen from my gardenwatch window, pretty well matched what I’d see from the observation window in the visitor centre. Garden focus had been… Read More Lowes at home
Sunday morning bird counts, I have always enjoyed. Today was a good one in that it reflected the various stages of garden wildlife just now. The numbers aren’t particularly high and not all currently visiting species turned up either – but I didn’t expect them too. During a one hour bird count, 10:50-11:50, the species… Read More #30DaysWild Day 5 – Bird count & Nest footage
Overdue for some time is the furnishings for a modest bug hotel built in to the wall of the raised bed above the wildlife pond. It made sense to me to build one near the pond. Why I’ve taken so long to finish this is anyone’s guess. Today saw furnishing material gathered on a family… Read More #30DaysWild Day 4 – Collecting material
Just as in many a BBC Springwatch nest, there was a possible drama with our seven, ten day old Coal tit chicks this morning! Their parents were out foraging for food. I had been on the PC with the activity inside the nest box (via a cam) in the corner of my monitor. All was… Read More #30DaysWild Day 3 – Distracting Starlings
Earlier this evening as I looked out my window the trees and plants were still blowing in the wind. The light was fading fast and all was quiet – but what a noise was heard today in my garden. Squawk, squawk, squawk! I never heard the noise from inside but I did notice a bird… Read More All quiet now!
The Starlings have continued to have a presence in my garden sometimes coming in small numbers as they did today. On closer inspection they are actually quite pretty birds with almost rainbow colours sparkling through their feathers – I really don’t like their eyes though. At the moment they are enjoying feeding at the sunflower… Read More Starlings sparkle
The status quo of birds feeding at my bird feeders today was still nowhere to be seen. I would say in fact it heightened to outright Bird Wars. The Goldfinches were the only species that didn’t fight with each other. It was quite cold today, we had snow overnight but it was all away by… Read More Bird Wars
Today the strong winds had died down so I expected the calm would be reflected at the feeders after the frantic dashes for food the birds have had recently. Quiet it was not. I can certainly see why Alfred Hitchcock was inspired to use birds for a horror film! Hungry Starling, video 0:14 with background… Read More Invasion of the Starlings