I’m looking forward to being able to work on the garden areas of our Scottish house over the coming years in order to try to attract wildlife. I have some nestboxes which I plan to put up in the new year, and we have ideas for insect “hotels” and various plants that might attract butterflies and moths. There are a reasonable number of small passerine bird species already about, but it’s always good to try to make an area better if we can. Since we’ve had the house I’ve been particularly pleased to see (and hear) good numbers of yellowhammers up here.
In the late afternoon today I headed over to Braemar as I had been asked to do some violin playing at a hotel there in the early evening. There was some clear sky and I had seen that there was the possibility of an aurora, but sadly I saw nothing. I am hopeful, however, that now that we are spending more time in Scotland we might finally get some good views of the Northern Lights at some point….
No new species for December 17th:
TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291