I possibly shouldn’t have changed my winter tyres last week (ok, got TTS to change the winter tyres last week) or whinged about my hayfever. Maybe I deserved to wake up this morning to over four inches of snow. Whoops! Cured the hayfever overnight though.
But today I was due to go for my weekly Beagle Boot Camp walk with The Other Louise and Ailsa, the Independently Minded Beagle. So off we went!
There had been such a sudden, heavy, wet snowfall, the trees had suffered. There were a lot of branches and trees that had been brought down by the sudden weight, including a large bough from the beautiful willow tree in Louise’s front garden. We encountered a lot of fallen branches on our usual circuit and moved the ones that weren’t too heavy for a couple of weedy Louises. There were some smaller trees bent over under the weight that we were able to release, surprisingly satisfying it was too. We were also under constant threat of being flattened by vast amounts of snow as it slid from the trees and branches above us.
It was actually quite tough going in places, but then, I’m not known for enjoying a walk in deep snow. It’s like walking through sand dunes and I really don’t like that, it’s hard work! So it was slow steady progress around the estate, dodging snowfall, climbing obstacles and controlling the dog as we went. We went for a peek at my osprey nest and were completely taken by surprise to find half a tree across the bridge, actually putting a fair part of it into the burn below. Ooops! So surprised, I didn’t take a photograph. I think I was almost relieved to find the osprey don’t appear to be back yet, the snow might be a bit of a shock.
We turned back onto the track home and just ahead of us, something caught my eye. I paused, a small bird was perched in a tree ahead of us, I wasn’t sure what it was. Then I caught a glimpse of its black head. A Bullfinch!! No, wait, two!! A male and female, how wonderful!
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed our walk today. It doesn’t matter that we do this identical walk every week, there is always something to see. I haven’t seen bullfinches for a long time, the last little flock I saw were in Glen Affric and I had no idea there were any on this estate and it was wonderful to have such a good view and watched for quite a while. They made my day.