We live at Keepers Cottage, on The North Rhins, SW Scotland and because of its situation and the variety of wildlife that can be seen in and around the cottage, I decided to keep a wildlife diary. We also enjoy regular walks in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway and beyond which I also record here, with photos and few words.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Galloway Forest Park Early March
A cold cloudy day and not great for photos, but managed a few!
We parked at the Murrays Monument Car Park off The Queens Way. Murrays Monument sign.
I first walked up here about 30 years ago when on holiday in the area.
A few patches of sunlight about.
Believe it or not this was a Crossbill on top of the monument, there were quite a few about!
Tall foret trees
Lots of croaking frogs about
Pete looking for Goldeneyes
Mike dressed for the cold
There was one male Goldeneye with two females
Loch of the Lowes (the other one!)
A small flock of Long Tailed Tits were flitting about in the willows
Huge masses of frogspawn about.
A frog on guard!
Patch of sunlight on the hills
Coltsfoot, one of the first flowers of the year.
Moss covered forest
Matt Bakers beautiful "Quorum" sculptures
They become even more stunning as nature decorates them
Back down the hill to the carpark, we didnt visit the waterfalls today as the paths were very slippery.