15 Jan 2015
I was expecting to be posting lots of images of Haddo covered in snow this week, but somehow we've manged to miss the wild weather that's been affecting most of Scotland over the past few days.
We have had some strong winds and a few very hard frosts but nothing more than that. There are a few large branches down around the park and some of the paths (particularly beyond the Kelly Burn bridge) have been very icy all day, but mostly this we've had lovely, bright crisp days with bright blue skies to enjoy- proper winter walking weather!
The hard frosts haven't driven away any of the wildlife, in fact the park seems to be heaving with little birds, especially Blue Tits, Robins and Blackbirds, possibly coming down from the snow-covered parts further north looking for food.
The feeders at the Friends Garden have been very busy, mostly with Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits and Greenfinches, and have even attracted some of these gorgeous, fluffy Long-tailed Tits which have been around for most of the week.
I know lots of you will have feeders out in your own gardens, and many of you will be taking part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend. If you fancy a bit of revision on Garden and Woodland Birds and advice on how to identify them, then come along to Discover Wild Haddo next Saturday morning at 10am.
We'll give you some tips on watching and counting birds, as well as how to attract birds to your garden and will have a look at a few ducks and geese on the lake as well. The morning session costs £5 per person, under 14s free and booking is advised as spaces are limited to 12 people.
It's also been a pretty good week to see squirrels, mostly around the feeders, behind the playground and behind Mrs Smiths' so hopefully they'll be around for next weekend too.
Something a bit different to finish the blog with today. For the next few weeks (or until we run out of ideas...) we'll be posting a series of pictures taken in some of the more out-of-the-way spots at Haddo, maybe bits you haven't seen that closely before or familiar spots seen from unusual angles. All you have to do is try and find out what bit of Haddo is in the picture!
We're starting off with quite an easy one, whereabouts in the park would you find this inscription and who does it commemorate?
You can leave your answers (or your own photos of the spot) on our Facebook page, and we'll post the answer there at the beginning of next week.