The Quick Thaw …

Pulled back the curtains this morning, to see a fresh covering of Snow.
The day was off to a good start.
Though was short lived when I realised I had run out of Coffee!!!
Had to make do with Alistair’s Kenco.

Whilst having morning coffee, I noticed about a dozen Siskins in the garden, so they must be about to return, though these soon flitted off.
I don’t think Barclay’s constant barking helped! He was stood at the gate in full voice for a few minutes, but as I write, I still have absolutely no idea what or why.
After I had got Barclay calmed down, I let the Poultry out, fresh snow seems to send the Ducks in to a skittish frame of mind and that was it, they were soon away flying down the glen.
Then Barclays Groomer came to collect him for Spa Day, waved them off only to discover I hadn’t closed the door and there was the tame Sheep in the sunroom chewing me writing desk! Had to lure him out with a Parsnip!

Come lunchtime, the temperature had reached a balmy 4c and the Snow began to thaw quickly and I saw our first Snowdrops & Aconites.
Also, McQuack had returned. I walked down the road in search of the other Duck, but no sign of McDuck anywhere.
Got the yard brushed and then finished prepping for tonights guests.
It was then I saw a flash of something fly by the kitchen window, McDuck had finally returned. So where he had been for the last 4hrs, lord knows.
Told him anymore of that and he’ll be getting his wings clipped!
Ruddy Ducks!!!

Looked across the river to see that a Herd of 8 Fallow (Including 2 young) had appeared, haven’t seen these ones before, so will keep an eye on them. They seemed happy enough for a few hours.

By 3pm, you wouldn’t believe we had had Snow, that was one quick thaw, though pleased to see more is forecast.

Tonights guests have arrived and are here for three days Skiing.
Barclay back from his Spa Day looking and smelling all posh, but of course doubt that will last.
Another Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients recipe for dinner tonight, okay, but looks nothing like in the book!
Still weary and hoping can get a better nights sleep tonight, thought I had improved some last night, but Alistair has just informed me that I called out for Dad again ūüė¶

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Blanket of Snow

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Sheep chews Desk

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First Snowdrops

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And Aconites

 

 

Pheasants & Poodles…¬†

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 

-Karen-x

New Beginnings with The Nature Diaries…

So, we have moved to Tulloch, near Enochdhu and I can now finally make a proper start with The Nature Diaries.
We are now amongst an abundance of Nature and it is beautiful.

We moved here on the 20th May 2016. I will be sharing life at Tulloch and its goings ons with you after today, sadly not had much chance for Photography yet, as there has been so much to do, but can’t wait to start.
And there is still much to do, but I will enjoy doing it and one of those things, will be the Tulloch Meadow.

One of the main things we have been doing outside, is setting up various Bird Feeding Stations and since we moved, I have been keeping an eye out for feathered visitors to Tulloch Garden, here is what we have had so far (In order of sighting) …

Siskin – We have an abundance of these wee fellows.
Cuckoo – Can you believe, the second bird spotted in the garden was a Cuckoo!!
I was busy unpacking at the time when I saw it and I made a speedy dash for the
McNikon, but foolishly in my excitement, I went straight into the Sunroom, of
course it saw me and flew off! Was absolutely kicking myself! If I had headed for
the Kitchen, chances are I would have been sharing with you an image. DUH!!
Great Spotted Woodpecker – We have a wee family here.
Swallow РI do not know how many nests there are! And when you walk into an
outbuilding, you watch your head AND where you walk (Lots of mess)!
Oystercatcher РNo, not actually landed in the garden, but many flying over.
Blackbird
Great tit РA fair few fledglings about.
Chaffinch РLike the Siskins, an abundance of them.
Coal tit
Jackdaw РAs soon as I step indoors, they appear!
Wood Pigeon
Goldfinch
Blue tit
Pied Wagtail
Heron РYep, A Heron came and landed in a tree at our gate!
Raven РNot landing, but flying over, wonderful to hear them from the forest.
Mallard РWe had a pair regularly popping into feed, but no sign of them now for over
2wks. Barclay doesn’t help!
Greenfinch
Dunnock
Sparrowhawk РAs bold as brass!
Robin РHave only seen two.
Mistle Thrush
Rock Dove 
Stock Dove 
Tree Sparrow
House Sparrow
Pheasant Cock and Hen both feeding, but like the Mallard, have gone awol.
House Martin РOverjoyed to see these nesting, but have suddenly disappeared.
Buzzard РCame and landed in one of the trees.
Greylag Geese РFlying Over
Bullfinch
Starling
Redpoll
Canada Geese РFlying over
Song Thrush
Owl РAm sure its a Tawny, but more on him next post.

And … Obviously not a garden visitor, or even in Tulloch airspace, but have seen flying near the¬†Golden Eagle¬†and he just HAD to be added to the list!

And … the other thing I have been busy with, is a new website!
With, a new addition, K-Pedia, here is where you will find my work in progress of  The Nature List check it out.

So, there you go, Tulloch Bird List to date (Not including meadow) am very much looking forward, to see who will come calling next
Karen x

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The most common visitor to Tulloch, is the Siskin


 

Flowers In The Glen …

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
Karen x

Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.

Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.

Bell Heather

Bell Heather

Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.

Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.

Slender St john's-wort

Slender St john’s-wort

The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.

The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.

Lesser Spearwort

Lesser Spearwort

Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.

Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.

Heath Spotted-orchid

Heath Spotted-orchid

Monkeyflower

Monkeyflower

Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.

Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.

Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders

Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders

 

An Army of Caterpillars …

Heading back home from Barclays walk this afternoon and something caught my eye, dozens of Caterpillars amongst the Grass and Nettles.
They are, I’m sure, Peacock Caterpillars.
Barclay isn’t one for standing about long, but I just managed a couple of pics & video with the iPhone.
Kx

Caterpillars I

Caterpillars I

Caterpillars II

Caterpillars II

Caterpillars III

Caterpillars III

The Orchid …

Last year, whilst out walking McBasil, we came across an Orchid, just one, not another in sight.
This year, curiosity got the better of me and I decided that Barclay and I would venture back to that very same spot to see if it had shown again this year.
First visit, there was no sign of it, but, things are about a week – 10 days behind this year compared to last, so we we would take another trip in search of it.
This time we were rewarded for our troubles, there its was!
Now I am not that great on Orchid identification, but giving its colour and location am opting for a Northern Marsh-orchid –¬†Dactylorhiza purpurella.
It may look a sturdy wee thing, but it is not, it was just hanging onto its spot and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to knock/touch it!
It wasn’t that tall either, as you can see from the 2nd image as its measured against me iPhone 6plus (Approx 17cm), the Orchid stands at 12cm.
Last year, it was only around for approx 2 weeks.
Am pleased to have come across this beautiful gem
Karen x

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Welcome to The Nature Diaries …

Am starting this new Blog Page especially on Nature.

As quoted in the ‘About’ section on my website,¬†¬†“I have always loved Nature, tis how I was brought up & what I was taught from my Parents from when I can first remember.
I didn’t really have/enjoy Dolls & such as a child, I had a Jack Russell Terrier given to me when I was four and most of my time was spent outside, I was taught to recognise & identify Birds, Flowers, Trees etc. Next I was taught countryside ways, then taught to Shoot & Fish. The most important lesson I had though, was to respect Nature & the Countryside.”

I did not like School, could barely remember what I was taught from one day to the next, but out in the countryside, been shown and told about things, well I soaked that up like a sponge.
Many a day, I would purposely try to miss the School Bus, just so I could spend time outdoors with my Father.
Missing the Bus did not happen as much as I would have liked, but after a School day, there was often walks with my Mother, along with my Jack Russell, followed by the Cat and then followed by the resident Canada Geese (Including family of Goslings when they had them)!

This love of Nature has never left me.
Am no way an expert, but I love noticing things everyday and am still learning.
I am surrounded by the spectacular Scottish Countryside and a wee library of books and that is pretty much ideal to me.

Am constantly Photographing and capturing Nature, a lot just for my own personal interest.
And the other week, I received a fantastic gift from my Father and that was a Wildlife Trail Camera.
Early days for this Nature Cam, but am already hooked!
This gift, prompted me to finally get this Page up and running and share.
It will be random, with no bells and whistles etc
Could possibly be what I just notice whilst out walking Barclay etc, as it does not matter where you are, some form of Nature will be nearby.

Karen x

Here is a wee bit of footage from the Nature Cam