Can also be heard singing at this time of the year as they breed very early in the year so that they can take advantage of crops of cones on conifer trees before the cones open with the warmth of the spring sunshine and shed their seeds.
Salix lapponum (Downy Willow)
Preparing Salix lapponum (downy willow) trees for planting at nursery yesterday.
This high altitude willow species is found in small numbers in the Galloway hills.
It is a dwarf willow only growing to around 4 feet high and often much lower.
It has fine, silvery down on the underneaths of the leaves.