This is the first post from Viewfield but I have left some of the old posts from Letham Shank in place in case anyone is interested.
Although we are now over 200 miles further north, the climate is as benign as previous, especially as we do not have the persistent cooling from the North Sea. It is only 3 miles away but the east wind here tends to be relatively warm.
Initially we thought that there would be less wildlife due to the more exposed nature of the land but this has proved incorrect - it is merely different. So far we have seen all the 'common' birds such as Sparrows, Blue Tits, Pheasants but with novelties like Siskins and Great Tits being common.
There are also many mammals including omnipresent Badgers, House and Field mice, Voles, Shrews and Hares - again with the addition of Pine Martens who visit daily.
There is a small paddock which has been in permanent pasture for many years but has not been seriously grazed for a few years. There is a boggy, peaty depression which is always wet and during the winter the water lies up to ground level. Many Voles and Shrews thrive in this part, and, being populated with Common Rushes provides some nest cover for birds like Snipe.
The very dry spring did not seem to affect the breeding of most birds and currently many have a second brood about to fledge. Three boxes were monitored by camera - a Blue Tit, a pied Wagtail and a House Sparrow. The Blue Tit reared 6 chicks from 7 eggs. The Wagtail 4 from 4 and the Sparrow 5 from 5. numerous other nests were observed in the vicinity.