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.
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!
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.