Loch of the Lowes Info, 3rd Oct

What a dreich day! It’s just as dark as when I got up at 6.30am this morning and i think it’s time to get my SAD lamp out!

Piney came to dine at around 9.09pm last night and gave the camera a great big cheesy grin as if to say ‘thank you for my grub’.

He stayed for his usual 5 minute feast before running off. We often wonder where his den is and if he shares it with anymarten?
He returned again at 1.08am for another 6 minute munch before retiring for the night.

I’m glad to see the hungry hedgehogs every night, busily foraging for bugs and grubs, fattening themselves up. The have only a short time left to get themselves up to hibernation weight, and if winter forecast are correct, it’s going to get cold soon and stay cold. Hedgehogs are very prone to hypothermia so if they are not at the correct weight for hibernation in time, they can succumb to the cold. If you have hedgehogs in your garden, a hedgehog box is a great way of helping them stay safe and warm over winter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/wildbritain/gardenwildlife/myspace/content.shtml?11

Happy blogging!
Fiona

Species count 3/10/10:
Gt. crested grebe x2
Grey heron x1
Mute swan x8
Goldeneye x8
Mallard x103
Tufted duck x62
Goosander x2
Lesser black-backed gull x1
Sparrowhawk x1
Pheasant x12
Wood pigeon x7
Gt spotted woodpecker x5
Robin x2
Blackbird x1
Blue tit x4
Coal tit x3
Great tit x4
Carrion crow x2
Chaffinch x24
Greenfinch x6
Siskin x1
Red squirrel x2
Sightings from night of 2/10/10 – 3/10/10
Pine marten x1
Hedgehog x2
Fallow deer x2
Tawny owl heard

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What a dreich day! It’s just as dark as when I got up at 6.30am this morning and i think it’s time to get my SAD lamp out! Piney came …

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