This evening at the beach, two minutes from our front door.
As you know, I love wildlife in general and birds especially. The last time we went up to Lossit Point and the Gauldrons I saw two species I’d never seen in the feather before. Redshanks and ringed plovers. I feel so lucky to have this all on my doorstep.
There were also many oyster catchers and hooded crows.
And loads and loads of gulls!
George was giving the grass a cut and pottering around the garden when I noticed that a wee chaffinch had discovered the seed scattered on the floor of his shed. He treated it as his personal diner and chased off another male chaffinch who wanted to share.
There’s a pheasant wandering around in the fields behind us. Every so often I can hear its croaking call.I don’t know if it’s a male or female, but I’m guessing, as Spring is in the air, it’s looking for a mate.
A few months ago a pheasant was marching up and down outside our fence at the front. He kept this up for around an hour before taking wing and disappearing. I found him later that evening, settled down behind the oil tank.
We really are spoiled for birds here. I have learned so much just by looking out the back garden. Starlings are still my favourite, but I love dunnocks too. At first glance they’re just wee brown things, but closer inspection reveals shades of silver grey. Pretty wee things.
Fabulous day here. We were lucky enough to see loads of seals up towards the Gauldrons.
We’ve had a run of stormy weather recently. Unlike the rest of the country, however, we’ve had no snow and this entire winter has seen maybe two mornings of frost. i never cease to be amazed at how the Gulf Stream keeps us so mild that palm trees grow. I look out my window to see a huge palm in the neighbour’s garden opposite.
I managed to take some photographs between showers today. No matter the weather, the beach looks amazing.
Yesterday I was delighted to see several dunnocks in the garden. Sweet little birds.