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Apr 16th

2015

By donich_admin

Lochgoilhead April Morning

Fantastic weather in Lochgoilhead today (though cold – there was ice on the summerhouse roof and people scraping their windscreens in the village this morning). I’m about to take off for a long walk to appreciate it but I thought this picture would give an idea of how nice it is. The view is out […]

Apr 16th

2015

By donich_admin

Two new Cameras

I added two new cameras to our wildlife setup here on the Donich this week. One is a tiny thumbnail camera my Mum bought R (the idea was to attach it to one of the cats’ collars and get some photos of where they go, but it didn’t work well for this because there was […]

Apr 9th

2015

By donich_admin

Brief Encounter (pine marten and badger)

Some time ago I posted about an encounter between a badger and one of our cats. Basically the badger completely ignored the cat and continued eating his peanuts. Well this is obviously symptomatic of badgers’ general attitude to life as shown in this video, where the pine marten is disturbed whilst eating and runs off, […]

Apr 8th

2015

By donich_admin

Lovely day and swans too….

R laughs at me because I keep on saying ‘today is the loveliest day since we moved here’. Well today was definitely in the top ten. Early this morning the grass was white with frost and the daffodils were drooping with the cold, but by this afternoon it was about 18C in the sun and […]

Apr 7th

2015

By donich_admin

Active Pond

R and I spent some time looking at the spring residents on our pond the other day. Of course we have our heron (mentioned many times before) but also two ducks which I thought at one point were thinking about making a nest. The video shows some nice reflections as they come into land. Then […]

Apr 5th

2015

By donich_admin

Lovely Easter

We had a great Easter at my parents’ with lovely weather. I made my Dad a birthday cake (a sort of Simnel cake decorated with real crystallized primroses from our garden here) and my Mum an Easter egg basket. The eggs were raw ones – I inserted the point of a sharp knife in the […]

Apr 2nd

2015

By donich_admin

Pine Marten’s Den

We have a summerhouse in our garden which had started to look a bit sad. During one of the storms we have had this year the door blew open and cracked at the bottom, and the roof had leaked, leaving black patches on the ceiling. So I decided to give it a bit of TLC […]

Apr 1st

2015

By donich_admin

Beware of the Bears…

I have a confession to make. I was in fact responsible for the April Fool ‘Beware of the Bears’ poster in Lochgoilhead. I probably have a warped sense of humour – but the idea that the beaver scheme (which I support wholeheartedly by the way) would suddenly expand into bears and that some poor tourist […]

Mar 29th

2015

By donich_admin

Lovin’ it – maybe…

Some time ago my Mum bought me a super bird feeder tree. It has taken us a while to get it put up (my original location choice turned out to be impossible due to an impenetrable layer of concrete). But yesterday R managed to put it up next to the existing bird feeder. It looks […]

Mar 27th

2015

By donich_admin

Lambs in the snow

The very cold weather continues with new snow on the hills nearly every day this week. It doesn’t stop nature though because yesterday I saw the first lamb of the season, and today R and I heard another one when we were walking through the woods (farm animals around here don’t have a lot of […]