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Conversations and Communications

Sunday, November 27th 2016

Conversations at Foxglove are varied.  To those involved in them, they make perfect sense.  Sometimes visitors must wonder.  Its page 234 in the old one.  It has pointy leaves.  No it hasn't, that is not it, try page 237 in the new one.  And so it goes as moth-ers discuss moths and flower walkers discuss flowers. 

Discussing flowers

How do you know that it is Zig Zag Clover?  Well it's pink and big and has more pointy leaves.  A very scientific answer!

Zig zag clover

Then there are the bird ringers.  Have you collected them all?  Where to next? 56 or 9 and 10?

Net rounds

Checking bird boxes can be equally as stimulating.  Have you checked the back corner?  Have you got the box number?  Where are the rings?

Checking the nest box

Who's bright idea was it to put a box right under the bridge?  The water is cold!  Never mind have the net ready and the ladders!

Checking a nest box

Conversations are easy when everyone is together, but on the visits to Cape Wrath communications can be a little difficult and there are still some photos floating around in the ether!  We have to wait for their return to view all the fantastic photographs that have been taken.

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath

Being of the generation that was not brought up with technology, the ability to 'talk' to Stacey down south on Signy, through email and receive photos from her is just mind blowing!

She has arrived safely and everything has survived the winter.  Although with a storm and snow over the last few days, she thought winter had returned!  The first Adelie chicks should hatch any day now.  Chinstraps, who are always about a month behind have just started laying. They don't mind the cold.

Down South

These are Elephant Seals at the bottom of the snow field.

Around Signy

And I could not resist sharing this snoozing Weddell Seal.

A snoozing Weddel Seal


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