Canine Pawsibilities training weekend.

Agnes held her first full training weekend earlier this month. Spring sunshine, great training and great company made for a thoroughly enjoyable time and a cardiovascular workout (perhaps for her next weekend we can convince her to set courses which don’t mean you have to run uphill). More photographs can be found at www.canine-pawsibilities.co.uk along with details of more training classes.

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Ribbit

For weeks now hundreds of toads have been converging on our pond. As dusk falls they start getting particularly vocal, a sound which we have become used to each spring. This year we have heard far more  frogs adding to the evenings chorus than I remember from previous years. The arrival of the toads and frogs has also been accompanied by a couple of other visitors, two Grey Herons, which are intent on treating the pond as their own ‘eat as much as you can buffet’, a reminder that nature is full of opportunists.

 

Spring at Forvie and Troup Head

Agnes’s niece, Aurianne, visited us for the last week of March and fell in love with the Grey Seals at Forvie Sands. In all we spent three afternoons with these inquisitive animals. On our second visit, a couple of young seals whose curiosity got the better of them, decided that we didn’t appear to pose a threat and moved up the beach towards us. In the end Aurianne was within half a meter of them both, and provided she made no sudden movements, they were content to doze whilst she looked on.

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The Garden Awakens

Although we often get Mallards on our pond, last weekend their were a couple of pairs of Teal exploring the reed bed.  With the lengthening days and warmer weather we are also seeing and hearing a lot more bird activity in the garden. There are a more Wrens than previous years, as well as Coal and Great Tits, Yellow Hammers and Tree Sparrows. We still see the occasional flock of Greylag Geese in the surrounding fields. Over the last few evenings we can now hear common toads calling as they start to make their way to the pond and the early mornings are now punctuated with the songs of the Skylarks and Meadow Pippits.

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Kirkhill Stone Circle

Kirkhill Stone Circle is located at the edge of Kirkhill Forest overlooking Aberdeen Airport and Dyce. There are ten standing stones in total with the two tallest located adjacent to a massive recumbent stone located on the southern flank of the circle. The circle is approximately fifteen metres in Diameter. Recumbent Stone Circles are unique to Aberdeenshire and are thought to be used as Calendars rather than burial sites.

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Kirkhill Forest & Fyvie Lake

Beggshill Wood

Orkney

Birds from May and June

SKC Large Championship Final

All the finalists from the Large Championship final. A fantastic result for Agnes and Manouk (AKA Mr even more Perfect) and also Congratulations to Iain Douglas and Fly for winning the reserve.

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