All sorts of signs of Spring from Kinnaird and Ballindean!
Gill fresh back from Spain - where she saw house martins on migration - has just had (20th April) had her first sighting of one in Ballindean.
Swallows have also been seen around Craigdallie on 20th and 23rd April. Trefor and Jane had their first Butterfly of the year, a Peacock on 23rd April and a Hedgehog was out of hibernation on the 9th April and seen again on 23rd. Encouragingly, red squirrels have been seen around both Kinnaird and Abernyte gardens on the 23rd April. A chiff-chaff was both heard and seen in Kinnaird from the 22nd April.
I received a report that Spotted flycatchers returned to Kinnaird yesterday (April 29th), and that is close to their normal arrival time, unlike many other summer migrants this year. The Swallows and House martins have been investigating nesting sites today, and we now have Blackbird nests in the garden with hatched young in, but as yet no with eggs in the Tit nests.
SNOWDROPS AND ACONITES IN FLOWER (3rd February 2014)
There are now plenty of snowdrops and aconites to be seen around Abernyte Gardens. It's always difficult to say when a snowdrop is "out" but given a bit of sun I should think that some of them are out now, especially in sheltered gardens. Some of the first I noticed were the ones at the burnside close to Southfield bridge. There they have been showing white for a number of weeks now. The aconites in our garden were well out yesterday when the sun shone, albeit briefly!,
We usually record the first flowering of Red Campion later in the Spring. It has been so mild this winter that there have been one or two flowers on the Red Campion in our garden all winter long. I don't ever remember this happening before.
Oystercatchers, were calling as they flew over the village on 22nd and 23rd February. That was the first time we'd heard them this Spring, but maybe you know different.? They winter at the coast and move inland in Spring to set up nesting sites.
Although a bit noisy at night, it is lovely to have them around!