The Bee Cycle…¬†

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

Lurking Wee Creatures …

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 ūüźł

Karen – x 

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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