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
… But you can’t take Gamekeeping out of the lass!
We have been getting some new visitors to Tulloch, so of course I have had to accommodate them.
The Nature Cams have picked up some of them, here is just a random selection of our Pheasants and Red-legged Partridge.
Our AirBnB Guests have been watching them and up to now, at any one time, there has been 16 Partridge & 7 Pheasants.
Lots more footage to sort through
– Karen – x
I run trail cameras here at Tulloch and am always keen to see what footage they have picked up, here is what was going on early doors at Tulloch yesterday
-Karen – x
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
I love this time of year, you can literally feel a change in the air and we see mother nature’s magic at work, it truly is wonderful.
What is not so wonderful though, is seeing the dieing Bees. Someone commented on this to me and said there wasn’t enough food for them.
Well, this in places is partly true and is one of the reasons why we are planning and trying to establish the Tulloch Meadow.
But another reason why you may be coming across a lot of lethargic or dead Bees at the moment, is because of their life cycle. And instead of me explaining, am enclosing this link from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust… https://bumblebeeconservation.org/news/anthonys-blog/what-happens-to-bumblebees-in-autumn
Keep a look out on the remaining flowers and plants for this behaviour from our precious and beloved Bees and see nature at work.
The images, I have just taken in this last hour with my phone and shows the Bumble Bees on the Autumn Crocus here at Tulloch.
– Karen – x
It is that time of year, when folk are clearing & tidying up their gardens.
And I don’t want to state the obvious, but please be careful when clearing brash, branches etc, as these can be cherished homes for some wildlife.
Please leave some piles around for Wee creatures. They may look an eyesore to you, but, they’ll be five star accommodation for some.
Some wildlife are looking for places to start hibernating in this next month.
We have some small branches on the lawn, which I thought should be moved, but look who I found lurking underneath.
I have left said branches and will leave him be and am thrilled to share Tulloch garden with him 🐸
– Karen – x
Am stood here cooking tea ready for when the Farmer arrives home, when all of a sudden, I hear a wee thud.
Not again I think, as I rush to kitchen window expecting to see a wee bird laid there, dazed and confused. But, no, wee bird (Who happens to be a Chaffinch Fledgling), is sat on the picnic table instead.
And then, I watched amazed as it gets up and tries to fly back up at the window. What on earth!??
Then it dawns on me, the part of the sunroom window it is trying to reach, is the part with a bird silhouette sticker on. They, I think, are meant to ward off birds from Windows.
They were already on when we moved to Tulloch and so we left them. I have never used them before.
But it has now got me thinking! I picked up a poor Siskin Fledgling (In similar place) two days ago and a Chaffinch and Siskin Fledgling from near table last week!
Are the new Fledglings thinking the Bird Stickers are parents??
Thoughts welcome on this random thought