Somewhere under a rainbow…

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.

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Yesterday I was delighted to see several dunnocks in the garden. Sweet little birds.

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Birds

Living so close to the sea you’d think that most of the visitors to my garden would be seabirds, but we are lucky enough to have a wide variety of wildlife coming in. Since today is the RSPB Big Bird Count, I thought I’d share with you some of the birds I regularly see at the feeders which hang from the rowan tree in the garden.

web-18Today’s count is as follows:

  • House Sparrows: 30+ (I lost count but we have so many of these wee birds)
  • Starlings: 5
  • Dunnets: 4
  • Chaffinch: 5
  • Robin: 1
  • Jackdaw: 6
  • Great Tit: 1
  • Blue Tit: 1

How lucky am I? I can look out the kitchen window and see all these birds every day. There is one wee leuconic House Sparrow which has gained quite a bit of colour since I first spotted him as a juvenile during the summer. He’s still a lot paler than the rest, but some of the tell-tale markings are there.

And, as if this wasn’t enough, there is a Wild Bird Sanctuary a mile of so along the road from me – easy walking distance if you are half-way fit. In the hide there I saw Greenfinches and Goldfinch¬†as well as several types of gull. An amazing place to visit.

If you have an interest in birds and wildlife, I couldn’t recommend living in Machrihanish more highly.

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