Wildlife at Polanach
Apart from the sheep, cattle and horse in the adjoining fields, a holiday
at Polanach is tailor-made for wildlife enthusiasts. There are bird
feeders at the kitchen window, nest boxes in the garden, seabirds on the shore.
Deer can be seen anywhere in the environs, often sighted from the windows.
And if you're lucky you may see a Pine Marten. They're certainly around in the
woods, and at dusk they may forage near the house.
The lower half of the garden is wild -- alive with wild flowers and butterflies
in the spring.
Many guests have contributed to the Wildlife Log. Here are some extracts:
- 25 June '17. At 9.00 pm, just after we arrived, I saw a Pine Marten
lolloping down the middle of the road. It passed the house without
- 26th. A Red Deer stag in the North field towards dusk.
- Every morning: a Pied Wagtail flying up and down the burn feeding
its two young. The young never keep still so the parent has
to search for them with every mouthful.
- A heron, usually on the shore, but sometimes comes up into the field.
In the evenings, House Martins diving about for insects.
- On the feeders: Sparrows, Siskins, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Chaffinches.
- 18-25 May '18. Mainly sunny and warm but 2 consecutive days of drizzle
- Feeders: Siskin, Chaffinch, Great Tit. Black sunflowers seeds are the most popular
- Swallows: they fly into the garage if the door is left open. (Take care not to trap them).
Great Tits feeding young in the nest box on the pine tree.
- We heard a cuckoo, loud and clear and persistent for almost three hours! Willow Warblers
in the hedges.
- North field: Hooded crows and Canada Geese feeding in the woods.
- Shores: a family of Canada Geese: two adults followed single file by six
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