Tom Gray’s Nature Notes: Deeper into Spring

Tom Gray
Tom Gray

You may have noticed, if you are awake early enough, that though our migrant birds have yet to return.

The morning chorus of birdsong has already startied as our resident birds, such as Chaffinch, Blackie, Robin, Song Thrush and Dunnock proclaim their territorial ownership of gardens at daybreak, or even earlier if they are induced to mistaking a nearby streetlight for the rising son!

Please check your garden pond for Frog spawn, and the ditches around Stenton Loch and Coul Reservoir on your early morning dog walk, the recent mild weather having already induced Frogs to lay in a garden pond in the Newcastle area as early as two weeks ago.

A friend and former resident of Glenrothes, now living in Largoward has emailed me with a report of her adventures with a local Hedgehog. Discovering the animal wandering, she thought unseasonally in her February garden, she placed it in a cardboard box from which it duly escaped. However she left the food in the box and her Hedgehog friend later returned to claim its share unseen!

I was pleased on my weekend shopping trip to the Town Centre to find the car park echoing to the calls of the Oystercatchers as predicted, having held to their annual schedule of making a February return to their Centre roof assembly point, before they disperse in pairs to nest sites to breed on flat school roofs and elsewhere throughout the town.

A welcome return to the Glenrothes scene was made a few days ago by a Red Squirrel reported in the Pitcoudie precinct. Further information on its present whereabouts would be appreciated at the Gazette office.

*Tom Gray writes for the Glenrothes Gazette