Monthly Archives: February 2013

Is a heron really a bird?

The heron is visiting our burn almost daily now: in fact it was even in the burn in the dark last night, only flying off when, as I walked down the drive, the lights came on. It was back again … Continue reading

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Tree creepers and peanuts

  I read a tweet on Twitter (see how modern I am for a 65-year old) recently where the question was asked if tree creepers eat peanuts. The tweeter (not the twit) was surprised that he had never seen a … Continue reading

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Two woodpecker species and a close encounter with fallow deer

  Part 2 of my 2011/12 wildlife survey tale told yesterday   As I walked up Spooky Valley, small groups of red-legged partridges rose from the scree on my right, most flying up over the high ridge behind them. Further … Continue reading

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Reading a fox’s tale in the snow

  Continuing my 2011/12 wildlife survey reports – Part 1 of 2:   Sunday 19 February 2012.  Weather:  one or two inches of snow on the ground, having fallen the previous evening.  Temperature -3 degrees, gradually reaching 4 degrees as … Continue reading

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A badger sett in current use

    I visited a badger sett near Perth the other day. It is one that I discovered about 35 years ago after regular reports of badgers being killed on the road. It is a huge sett in deciduous woodland … Continue reading

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Woodpeckers, sparrowhawk and a snoozy rabbit

  Part 2 of my walk from 13 January 2012 as part of my wildlife survey of a Highland Perthshire estate At the end of the wood I cut uphill, skirting to the left of a sheer rock face, and … Continue reading

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Long-tailed tits and buzzard nests

A further account of my 2011/12 wildlife crime survey on a north Perthshire estate – Part 1 of 13 Feb 2012.   Monday 13 February 2012.  Weather: Mild for the time of year (around 11 degrees.) Some sunny spells but … Continue reading

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