After the Siskins and Chaffinch dominated the garden here in Spring and Summer, September, October & November heralded a new leader and that was the Coal tit – Parus ater.
I have never seen as many together in one place and there could be up to 2 dozen in the garden at once!
The Coal tit, is one of Europes smallest Birds and is the smallest of the British tits.
It is easily recognisable due to its black head and white nape patch.
And I was told the other day, that in Lincolnshire, it is known as the Badger tit, which really does suit this wee character.
The hierarchy, is changing yet again in the garden here at Tulloch and I am really looking forward to see what birds winter will bring us.
– Karen- x
On Top of the World
Loves Suet Feeders
Coal tit on Fir
Watching the snow
Compare its size to the Chaffinch & Great tit
A Wee Beak-full
With the Greenfinch
With Female Chaffinch
Coming into feed
Of late, quite a few Pheasants have appeared here at Tulloch.
Now in my experience, I can tell you, that they aren’t the brightest of Birds, but you can often get a few Characters amongst them.
And one of those characters seems to have turned up here at Tulloch.
It stands at the other side of the hedge and when Barclay is out in the garden, it will start calling out, this in turn, has made Barclay start to bark.
Both are getting worse each day, so it ends up with me fastening Barclay inside to quieten them both down.
No sooner does the click of the door shut, the Pheasant flies into the garden to feed and also seems to do a victory strutt over the lawn, whilst the disgruntled Poodle looks on from the inside.
If I think on, will have to try and film it all.
1-0 to the Pheasant I reckon, maybe they aren’t that dim after all lol
Had a drive down one my favourite glens last Sunday, Glen Lyon.
The weather wasn’t great, but it was still as beautiful, magnificent hills, crisp fresh air, clean clear waters, lush greens and all was peaceful.
The Heather is really starting to show the now and the countryside has an abundance of wild flowers.
I didn’t get many photos, but tried to capture something each time we stopped to let Barclay out, or stopped for me to open gates on a fabulous K Road (Meaning unnamed roads/tracks, which are my favourites & I’ve christened them K Roads, those who have been out with me, will know exactly what I am on about).
Heres a small selection of just some of the flora we saw
Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.
Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.
Slender St john’s-wort
The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.
Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.
Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.
Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders