Being out in the countryside with my dogs gives me time to think. I’ve learnt the pleasure of solitude without being lonely, and that’s a good feeling for me.

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Archive for April, 2017

Melanistic in its magnificence

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

DSCN1040MY AUSTRALIAN cousin – his family emigrated to Australia from Shetland – and his wife, currently back in Scotland on holiday, e-mailed me a photo of a black pheasant-like bird which they spotted confidently striding along an Ayrshire roadside verge. Was it, he wondered, a cross between a black grouse (blackcock) and a pheasant?

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Sunny days and starfish

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

IMG_7016AS I sat down in front of the computer wondering how to start this week’s piece a blue tit solved the problem. I presume it was part of a courtship display, but I can’t say for certain because I haven’t seen such behaviour from a blue tit before.

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Barking mad on the beach

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

DSC04232THE ONLY time I took Inka One, the current Inka’s grandfather, on Montrose beach was for a surprise 1st Birthday Party for Kiwi, another black Labrador.

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Securing out fragile nature

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

SNH hog S. UistFORTY YEARS ago brown hares were a common sight on the ploughed fields at this time of year, but around the mid-1970s their numbers declined sharply. Predation and loss of habitat due to changes in farming practise were two of the explanations suggested for the downturn but I’m not sure that a definitive explanation has ever been given. Over recent years their numbers have slowly recovered, though I doubt if they will return to their previous level in my lifetime.

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The sounds and sights of spring

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

DSC04195NEVER MIND the first day of spring, last weekend and Monday’s blue skies and sunny weather had me wondering if we’d skipped straight into the first days of summer. It was good to leave my jacket behind and feel the heat of the sun on my face when I took Inka for his afternoon walk.

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