Over the next few days, I'll be blogging about our recent trip to Dumfries and Galloway. We stayed, as we usually do, in the Friars Carse Country House Hotel, which sits in an extensive area of parkland alongside a beautiful stretch of the River Nith.
The photo below, taken from the riverside walk, shows the hotel nestling in amongst the trees.
goosanders and grey wagtails, but no kingfisher for us this year. The trees were full of birds, including nuthatches (the first time we've seen them here), long tailed tits and tree creepers.
We saw a red squirrel but also a grey squirrel. The greys are just moving into the area and could be bad news for the reds. (The reds are the native British squirrel and are often out competed by the larger, bolder grey, also the grey squirrel carries squirrel pox which can be fatal for the reds, though the greys are immune to it.
We saw several peacock butterflies, this one feeding on butterbur.
We sat by the river in the evenings and watched pipistrelle bats flying around and we saw a tawny owl fly across one evening. In the middle of the night, I heard what I think was a barn owl....
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