Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The new young batch of siskins are very noisy at the moment. This juvenile female and colourful green and yellow male siskin sat on the edge of the bird bath for ages not quite sure what to do next - the first time they had seen a bird bath I guess. They always look very large and fluffed up. A swarm of them will suddenly fly down and sit on the gravel around the house and peck at the ground, maybe for insects or grass or just being curious. The cats surprisingly ignore them now and have even walked up to them on the ground, sniffed them and then walked over them as if they know they are vulnerable. Sometimes the offspring have a few spats but not for long. They found something interesting here on the azalea bush and had a few words with each other and flapped about then settled down to eat happily together.....that's youngsters for you eh!
Monday, July 26, 2010
While up at the cottage on Saturday morning one of the juvenile great spotted woodpeckers suddenly flew by the large lounge window and landed on the fence by the nut feeder. Unfortunately the window was not open yet so had to take this photo through the glass therefore it is not as sharp as it could be.These birds are extremely sensitive to any sound and the noise of one camera click is enough to frighten them away so you have to be very still and quiet and very quick...not an easy task.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
No matter what the weather there are usually yachts to be seen on Loch Ness now. The last few days have been very interesting weather wise and certainly never boring. Even though it has been pleasantly warm with temperatures just below 20C we have experienced sunshine, drizzle, rain showers and quite high winds.
Last Wednesday was extremely viscious with wind speeds of about 50mph. Even so some intrepid sailors would not give in and braved the elements bumping up and down on the white water. We were quite surprised to see this yacht on the rough water flying the Swedish flag and making spray everywhere. In the evening the nasty weather seems to magically scurry away somewhere and the sun shines down. We have been able to sit outside and watch the sun setting over the mountain opposite with a glass or two for company....cheers.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Our guests last week were fortunate enough to see a native Pine Marten as they drove along the Errogie road back to Aspenwood Cottage at dusk. They are about the size of an adult cat with a long slender body, a long and fuffy tail and a distinctive yellow-creamy bib. They are elusive nocturnal creatures and are members of the weasel family, thus very agile and will easily chase squirrels up a tree. Thus the red squirrels in the vicinity naturally prefer to come out to eat and play during daylight hours - how very wise. We were lucky to see these creatures in a friends garden nearby which opens out onto the woodland of Farigaig Forest. They arrive every night to be fed and we took this video of the Pine Marten.
Monday, July 05, 2010
While having lunch yesterday we were pleased to see a red squirrel scamper down the tree trunk near the window and launch itself onto the 'sunflower roundabout' feeder. The round tin lid attached to the feeder stops any debris falling down and also enables more birds, and squirrels, to enjoy feeding. As we watched another cheeky squirrel suddenly appeared and leapt from the tree trunk to join its sibling and they spun round together.They seemed very comfortable side by side so they must have been from the same family as they can be quite nasty with strangers. It made us laugh to see one squirrel leap off only to quickly reappear for another go at the tasty sunflower hearts.