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Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:38 pm

Well, I went to the wood this morning intending to do a little work but quickly gave up that idea - everything was buried...
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:06 pm

Good opportunity to spot animal tracks! :smile:
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby george baker » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:07 pm

Hi
Might be good to see tracks though
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:57 pm

There were plenty of tracks but none identifiable as it had started to melt.
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:24 pm

Hmmm...

Sometimes I wonder if we're all on the same planet.

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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:40 pm

You must be joking, Rob. I'd have thought you'd have been under a couple of feet.
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:41 pm

As a matter of fact, we've had very little snow over the past weeks here in Rannoch. If we've had a total of 12 inches over the whole period since the start of 'The Beast' I'd be surprised and what we have had has gone the next day. No disruption to speak of. It has been bl**dy cold a few times and pretty windy but that's about all (20 miles away in Tayside and Strathtummel, a very different story). Mind you, I'm touching wood whan I say that, plenty of time for a 'Fimbulwinter' yet.

In terms of wildlife, we have Red Deer, Roe Deer, Muntjak, Pine Marten and Brown hare as well as a fair number of resident Red Squirrel (so much cuter and funnier than their grey cousins. We also have buzzards nesting in the wood behind the house, Ospreys in Summer and there is a rumour of Golden Eagle in the hills beyond the Loch. We also have Otter in the river.

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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:43 pm

Oh, what I'd give to have Red Squirrel and Pinemarten here..
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Bill Smithson » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Oh, what I'd give to have Red Squirrel and Pinemarten here..
One or the other would be OK, otherwise the Red Squirrels would end up as food. Pine Martens are being reintroduced in some areas to reduce the Grey Squirrel populations.
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:33 pm

Generally the Reds aren't prone to being caught by the Marten as they spent less time on the ground and, being lighter, can get further out on the branches. Trials in ireland have shown that where Martens are introduced the greys are decimated and the population retreats. The Reds then recolonise closely behind the Martens.
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:05 pm

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My pond now has Frog Spawn...
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:39 pm

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Just for you...

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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby boxerman » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:52 pm

Your own photo, Rob? Ihaven't seen a Red since the '60's when we'd occasionally get them in the garden. I do have an invite to visit a wood in Anglesey that has a fair population tho..
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Re: Snowy Woods

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:19 am

Yes, that's one of mine, taken with a 300mm lens from my bathroom window a couple of weeks ago as a matter of fact. I've got a number of pictures of reds but most of them tend to be a bit blurry... They're quick little whatsits, seem to move about twice as fast as the greys we had down South... you can see why the Martens have difficulty with them. Seeing them quarrel over access to the feeders is sometimes hilarious, you'd think they use more energy from chasing each other around than they get from the nuts.

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