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Oct 23rd, 2014

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The night is dark and full of Badgers….

With apologies to Game of Thrones (my all time favourite show) for the parody quote…. Every night I go out between 8 and 9pm to feed the wildlife. Basically I put two big scoops of peanuts on the ground for the badgers, and one scoop on the bird table for the pine marten. The badgers […]

Aug 23rd, 2014

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Marten and the Birds

We got another really good look at our Marten yesterday. Again it was R who just happened to glance out of the window mid afternoon and notice him perched on the bird table. We’ve actually noticed a load of extra bird activity in the last week or so after several months where they haven’t seemed […]

May 26th, 2014

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In which Marten nearly catches a squirrel

I don’t believe the fantastic week we have had for wildlife sightings here. First the otter – and then on Wednesday (when unfortunately we were out), our Marten visited for a lengthy period during the afternoon. He obviously came for a snack on the nuts, and then decided that he would have a try for […]

May 18th, 2014

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Now and in colour…

I’ve been hoping that with the ever shortening hours of darkness, we would be able to get some daylight video of our pine marten. We caught him having his nut snack early yesterday morning, and then to our surprise, my brother glimpsed him shooting past the patio windows at six in the evening the same […]

May 10th, 2014

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Yesterday we acquired some gates for our garden. We’ve thought since we moved in that the driveway looked oddly incomplete without something as a demarcation between the garden and the track. Also there was the incident of the ‘Donich three’ (our repeat sheep visitors) and a large dog which we briefly saw on the shedcam […]

Apr 10th, 2014

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In which we meet Marten face to face

Another big night for wildlife here. Firstly – we finally saw our friend the pine marten in the flesh for the first time. He seems to have been visiting the feeder much earlier – around 9pm rather than 2am, and last night I just glanced out of the window and there he was – this […]

Mar 21st, 2014

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When Cat meets Pine Marten…

Since before we moved here I have been a bit worried about the cats and some of the wildlife we have here. Although I have joked a lot about Tora having a girlfriend he can’t bring home because she is a Pine Marten, I did have it at the back of my mind how awful […]

Jan 7th, 2014

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A Wish fulfilled

I was looking at some of our Webcam footage late last night and nearly fell out of my chair.  We have a large nut feeder over the fence, and at 10pm (while we would have been sitting in the lounge), a cat sized creature with a pointed muzzle, long tail and white breast emerged from […]

Nov 22nd, 2013

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I was reading more on Pine Martens the other night.  One fact I didn’t know is that although they eat red squirrels, their presence deters the spread of greys because they are better at catching them than they are the reds.  Another fact I didn’t know is that they have distinctive faeces which are black […]

Sep 14th, 2013

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Argyll Wildlife

Was having a look at a wildlife book to see what we can expect to see once we get out to Lochgoilhead. The vast majority of the ‘big attractions’ seem to be in the area – i.e. Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel, Wildcat, Pine Marten. Also there are red deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs sundry small rodents […]