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Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:14

Just submitted mine 

We used to get siskins in the garden round the corner chicky - not seen one here at all.  

The blackies were a thrill today - one at the apple when I went out with the food - and three more sitting in the shrubs next to the fence - all males! The two pairs were in as normal too. Think the cold snowy weather was a bonus today - all the usual suspects were in  - even the goldcrest at the last moment  

Only one missing was the wren but I only see her now and again anyway as they're in the hedges and corners by habit. I suppose you could add woody in that comment box....I should have done that with the wren too 

Mine seem to have three visits too fidget. Eightish when I put new food out, lunchtime when I come home from work for mine, and then mid to late afternoon. I miss that one except on weekends - if I'm here.

Plant ID

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:59

Having nut 'on hand' is far better than having a plant encyclopa...encylape...encycl..err ....a big plant book  Alan  

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:55

Mid October David  It's a great time to hillwalk - often better weather than the summer. The squirrel pic was taken on 1st August on my way to a hill - couldn't see a thing at the top! I was on the hill  across the road from Ben Ledi on 1st November - positively alpine with a good layer of snow and stunning blue skies.

This is looking north east from the summit of that hill (Beinn Each) to the neighbouring Munro Stuc a Chroin - the Lawers hills in the distance



Hellebore niger

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:41

I bought a couple of Hellebore niger last week and they're currently getting some shelter in the little plastic growhouse till they get hardened off a bit. Hopefully they'll do well enough here. I have a couple of small gaps where I think they'll be nice 

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:33

Ben Ledi is just the other side of Callander which is about an hour and a bit depending on time of day. 

Sometimes the drive is less inspiring - going to Callander is quickest by the motorway (via Stirling)  but I often come back the more scenic, longer route! 

This was the view from part way up that hill the day I walked it - a couple of weeks before that other pic  was taken. The marshmallow mist all cleared a bit later and it was a glorious day. 


You can see the Wallace monument from the hill when it's a good day. 

New garden - suggestions for design please

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:19

Like this chicky? 




Think sandy definitely needs a few of these too 





Camera Corner

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:11



 Red Admiral in this garden two years ago 



Camera Corner

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 10:06

Ben Ledi is a lovely hill, in a lovely part of the country. 

You'll both  just have to come up here - walk it and take your own pix .... 

Would it work if I email it to you or is there any other way? 

I love zooming in on some of the pix I take, so I know what you mean. Sometimes it's the easiest way to ID hills.


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 09:47

Morning all - won't say 'good' as it currently looks like Mordor out there  

Snow, sleet and hail - all horizontal. Glad I did my Bird Watch earlier when the birds were queuing up for breakfast on the snow. All the usual suspects - but when I went out,  Mr Blackie at the apples, and three more males huddling in the shrubbery! 

And at the last moment - the goldcrest appeared briefly   and double 

Clari - fidget's right. B****y nonsense. You're being treated like s***.  

Plus - cheques are ludicrous now - any business  has to pay more to have them processed so it makes no sense at all to use them.

Glad you're on the mend DD - but take a break now and again! 


I should get some breakfast - being drinking tea since I got up and did the birds.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 09:39

How kind David  

They are very admirable Dove - beautiful.

We get those, Torties and Peacocks predominantly. Hoping I can get a few Painted Ladies at some stage,  while I have this garden.

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