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09 Jan 2020 09:27 #961 by Stephen Hole
First snowdrops? was created by Stephen Hole
Snowdrops were seen making a tentative appearance on 8th January near Rose Cottage in Abernyte.
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09 Jan 2020 14:00 #962 by Gordon
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Stephen has kicked this year off with snowdrops making an appearance at Rose Cottage.

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31 Jan 2020 15:23 #963 by Cathy C
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Tricia at Balfour Cottage spotted bees on the Mahonia whilst out working in the garden on 23rd January . She couldn't believe her eyes. She also thought she saw a painted lady butterfly fluttering past. She fears winter is not over ( have we even had one yet?) and many awakening garden insects are in for a shock.

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22 Mar 2020 16:05 #964 by Gordon
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Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly spotted in the garden at Infield this afternoon (22.03) Between that and the sunshine it felt very spring like.

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23 Mar 2020 12:43 #965 by Cathy C
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Hi Gordon

Great to hear the butterflies are out at Infield. We also have Frogspawn to report, the frogs were out in Abernyte and Kinnaird between 18th-20th March. On night of 21st it was -3 degrees in the garden and the spawn was partly frozen but we hope that some of it is still viable.
There was Peacock butterfly sunning itself against the front wall of the cottage on 20th March. Like the Small Tort. this overwinters as an adult and may look a little tatty when it comes out in Spring. Hoping it is going to be a good butterfly year as it looks like we will have more time for gardening and solitary walks- but we feel lucky being able to do that at least!

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27 Mar 2020 12:51 #966 by Cathy C
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The Covid-19 lockdown is a plus for time spent in the garden. While digging out in the garden on Tuesday 25th, a lovely day, was pleased to hear our first spring migrant of the year, a chiff-chaff singing from one of the birch trees. I didn't hear it the next day so perhaps moved on to some more mature woodland preferred by chiff-chaffs. Willow warblers aren't usually far behind so we can expect to hear them soon.

I'm told that there are plenty of chiff-chaffs down by Monifieth at the moment.

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