BirdsPosted by Mark Wed, May 11, 2016 18:04:04
Sorry we are so far behind with the blog; 2 years have flown by and have been really busy here for us with limited photography opportunities and trying to maintain our social media presence. A selection of photos can be seen on the Glentorets Facebook page as well as on Mark's own Facebook page:
as well as Mark's new Flickr site:
BirdsPosted by Mark Wed, May 21, 2014 10:04:13
The mild winter has allowed the resident birds to start breeding earlier this year with young blackbirds, song thrush and sparrows already plentiful in and around the garden. The swallows are busy nest building and the sand martin, house martin and swifts now returning in good numbers and feeding up on the flies before settling down to nest and breed.
Yesterday I saw the resident sedge warbler pair back on the territory and this morning 3 bullfinches visited the garden - the first we've had in the garden since about July 2012. I've still to see any spotted flycatcher or redstart locally yet.
The rabbits and brown hares in the field at the end of the garden have young and the roe deer are just moulting into the summer coats; the red deer seem to have moved on recently as they are thinning out the small wood where they sheltered across the small glen from our house.
Photos of a wren and swallow collecting nest material below:
BirdsPosted by Mark Tue, May 06, 2014 11:52:28
A brief walk up into the hills on the nearby Delnabo Estate yesterday afternoon gave me good views of three ring ouzels (2 male and 1 female) plus a merlin gliding across a distant ridge.
In the village and garden the number of willow warblers and meadow pipit have surged in the last 2 weeks giving good photo opportunities; the willow warbler males are singing for territories and proving very adept ar catching insects.
BirdsPosted by Mark Wed, April 30, 2014 15:02:47
A trip to the coast on Monday to stock up on fresh fish in Sandend enabled me the chance to pop along the coast to Portsoy to try and see the white-billed diver(s) that were being seen there. Two white-billed divers were seen in the bay although they were both very distant and only viewable through a telescope; but i was pleased to see them as it was a new species for me. We also observed a great northern diver and 40+ long tailed ducks through the binocculars so no photographs i'm afraid. Whilst we were having lunch near Portessie we briefly saw two porpoise "barrel rolling" in the sea some 20-30 metres out from us.
BirdsPosted by Mark Wed, April 30, 2014 14:48:22
A visit to see the Ospreys just prior to Easter enabled me to capture them mating and refurbishing the nest. I also got my first sighting this spring of Golden plover
MammalsPosted by Mark Wed, April 30, 2014 14:44:01
Lots of brown hares seen from the house over the last 2 months and they are very active all around the village and local surrounding area
BirdsPosted by Mark Sat, April 12, 2014 20:33:24
No new photos to post currently, I still have a few flowers to post from 2013 but just to report that the Ospreys we go and see are back and we've seen a female hen harrier nearby. Yesterday evening a twighlight stroll on the Tomintoul circular walk flushed 3 woodcock up into the sky.