The European larch (Larix decidua) is a deciduous conifer. It's not native to Scotland but has been planted here in great number because it's wood is very useful. It is also cold tolerant, which is a useful attribute for any species living in Scotland!
Its cones are favourite food for birds including siskin and redpolls.
This morning, I visited my larch in Colinton Dell, alongside the Water of Leith. The long tailed tits were still working on their nest. You can just see the nest in this photo, its part of the dark mass just off centre of the photo:
I then turned my attention back to the tree, which has a very distinctive bark
chiffchaff of the year, repeating its name over and over....
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