Pipa is a female and is running about quite happy, getting very strong and hard to catch.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There are plenty of native red squirrels to be seen in the coniferous woodland forests around South Loch Ness if you look closely and stay quiet.The young of the red squirrel are called 'kittens' and they are now appearing usually with siblings.They are very playful, often chasing each other across the grass and up and down the tree trunks. If they come from the same family they do not show aggression towards each other but different families will spit and fight quite violently.
They often stop for a wash and brush up session, especially if they have been out in a passing shower as any wetness on their fur will hinder their movement.
The most striking features of the red squirrels are their long bushy tail and ear-tufts.The long tail is thought to help the squirrel to balance and steer when moving from tree to tree and running along branches, and may also keep the animal warm during sleep. The red squirrel has sharp, curved claws to enable the climbing of trees. This might be quite vital as the predatory pine marten, which inhabits the same area, is known to chase these charming creatures for food.
The coat of the red squirrel varies in colour with time of year and location. Red coats are most common and the underside of the squirrel is always white-cream in colour. They shed their coats twice each year, switching from a thinner summer coat to a thicker, darker winter coat with noticeably larger ear-tufts (a prominent distinguishing feature of this species) between August and November.At the moment they are moulting their winter coat although I think they wish they could keep it a little longer.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Large clumps of wild primroses are growing everywhere. They are a little later than normal possibly because of the chilly temperatures during the earlier part of this year. They adorn the forest floor in the shady spots around the trees and brighten up the roadside verges.