Wednesday, 15 May 2013

An Unexpected Visitor

Shot of the Day
Light after the rain

I had some business to attend to in Annan this morning along with two friends. We were finished by lunch time and took the opertunity to sample some of best fish & chips in the area at The Cafe Royal. Fast service, nice surroundings pleasant staff and delicious food, I do recommend a visit. 

I was just about to pick up the phone to give Tootlepedal a call when something caught my eye in the garden, it was a young Red Squirrel, an most unexpected but welcome visitor. We had a Squirrel visit us last year but as I had stopped putting nuts out I thought we wouldn't see them again. As I needed to stock up on birdseed I went to Blendbetter Pet Foods at Longtown and purchased seed and some nuts in the hope they'll come back. 

"oh dear! the cupboard's bare"

When I returned I got the lawnmower and strimmer out and gave the back lawn a much needed trim and strim. This didn't seem to bother the Blue Tits too much, who now have a clutch of eight eggs. The female is spending most of her time on the eggs rearranging them every now and again while the male constantly brings her food. If he brings her an insect she eats it there and then but if he brings a sunflower seed she pops outside to eat it. 

After tea I decided to see if I could get some shots of the Nuthatch that Tootlepedal managed to get recently. The weather looked a bit ominous in the direction I was headed so I decided to visit the Moorland  Feeder Station instead. Unfortunately the weather must be programmed into my thinking as I had no sooner pulled up when it started to rain. It soon passed over and managed to get some nice shots. ( see Shot of the Day)


  1. I like the clouds in the shot of the day. Glad the wrist is better. (I assume, anyhow)

  2. The wrist is much better thank you.

  3. Lovely photo of the young Red Squirrel. Hope it stays around for a while.

  4. It'd better, I went and bought it some nuts.

  5. I like the shot of the day. Good redpoll pics too.

  6. Glad to see the Reds are over your way Sandy. I was under the misapprehension that the Borders were Grey, but a surf of the net shows them to be flourishing all across southern Scotland.
    Quality birds in flight pictures.