The last week has seen the house martins and swallows arrive, a little later than last year. No sign of the swifts as yet, although they are usually about 2/3 weeks later. I heard a cuckoo on Thursday, although Gordon says he has been hearing them for about 2 weeks. I obviously spend too much time in the office! Still waiting to see the Osprey, hopefully this week as this too is later than usual, the Ospreys at Boat of Garten have eggs already. Station cottage is a great place to stay if you want to see the Ospreys. For those interested in birdwatching and wildlife watching, Taigh Fiodha is near the RSPB reserve at Nigg Bay in Easter Ross and visitors to Poulary Cottage, situated in Glen Garry between Fort William and Inverness, can be lucky enough to White tailed Eagles and Osprey from the garden!
I was delighted to see a couple of young rabbits this week too. The rabbits had almost disappeared during the winter, been hit very hard by the cold. I have been watching one collecting dried grass for its nest and it was great to see the young, I am sure there will be many more to come now. The roe deer that I mentioned in my last blog, is now proudly displaying her twin fawns. I have tried to photograph them but they are very wary as yet. The female mallard is laying her eggs, I have noticed the male is often on his own during the day, but they both appears later for a feed and a swim. They do seem to spend the night sleeping by the edge of the pond, I hope they rear some young, its lovely to see the ducklings trailing behind mum and taking their first swim.
Gordon has been watching the fly life and the fish are rising now on the lochs and some spinners are about, although we need some warmth. Indications are it’s on its way. Many of our holiday cottages are suitable for a relaxing break and a spot of fishing, in particular Burnside Cottage of Geddes (Sleeps 6) and Brackenhaugh (Sleeps 4) are very close to Trout fisheries and salmon fishing is available in the River Nairn nearby.
Gordon and I had a lovely day on the west last weekend, the dogs had a fabulous time in the sea, in fact so did I. We love going to Sands on the Applecross peninsula, the home to Monty Hall and his Great Escape! and of course we always finish the day with a lovely meal at the Applecross Inn or the Potting Shed – Applecross Inn this time. Its a great place to take a break see our Northern Highlands, Wester Ross & Easter Ross region for some lovely peaceful holiday cottages in this area.