Boleskine

I visited Boleskine a few weeks ago. It happened to be first truly warm and sunny weekend, just after the Spring Equinox. I did some sound recordings to capture the ambience and atmosphere of the place.

resized_DSCF3135Boleskine Power Station (click to listen)

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Boleskine Forest Brook (click to listen)

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Boleskine Ambience (click to listen)

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Woodpecker at Boleskine (click to listen)

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Dawn Chorus at Loch Ness (click to listen)

Bikes on Loch Ness (click to listen)

 

 

Winter Birds

We have a lot of snow falling this winter and keeping the birds well fed seem more important than ever. It feels wonderful to observe how they fly all over the garden, chase each other and search for seed, suet and mealworm under the snow.

Last Thursday a flock of fieldfares payed a visit to nibble on the berries. They arrived in a huge flock and I could not help but open the window to listen out for their calls.

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As you listen imagine soft, thick layer of snow, cold, dry air smelling of pine and frost and bright red berries disappearing in the sharp beaks of the birds.

The chirping of sparrows  dominates  but fieldfares still can be heard.

Play Winter Birds.

On the personal note, fieldfares remind me of Kraków. I see a lot of them in the parks all around the city when I visit. They occasionally visit my garden here in Scotland but never before in such numbers. The day I did this recording was special for me. I learned that my Grandad (who lived in Kraków) passed away. He loved watching and feeding birds, something I’ve got from him. The day of his death this huge flock arrived in the garden and many fieldfares sat on the trees surrounding my house. It happened only this one time and felt truly moving and mystical. Slavic folklore associates birds with ancestors. Birds carry messages from the dead and help to travel to the underworld.

 

Crows & Jackdaws coming to roost at night.

Jackdaws and crows leave their nests every morning and fly to Black Isle to feed. In the evening, soon after sunset they all come back to their roosts in Craig Phadrig Forest. Huge flock swarms over the Beauly firth and Caledonial Canal until they reach their nesting sites in the woods. It is a spectacular view and it’s also a spectacular sound. Observing these birds coming back to their nests is an amazing experience. This 15 minutes recording was captured one evening in mid December.