Archive for April, 2010

24 April 9.00 am, up to 12 carrion crows were giving the, not on the nest Osprey, absolute grief, turns out it was the female as after getting no peace at the top of a tree she flew around many times with the crow entourage and eventually settled on the nest for a cross over. Having never seen a cross over till last week, now I've witnessed two. There were plenty of martins and swallows in the air, the air was calm and there was a mist, although lifting with the daytime rising heat. A perfect time to listen, I…
It cannot have escaped any drivers notice that the severe winter has caused sudden deterioration in road surfaces. The concrete section of the M90 was no exception where the fast lane was under traffic management for some weeks due to the micro surfacing¬† not being there any more. The micro surfacing (slurry sealing?) was a complete success as I watched it being applied with some wonderment, it did give a smoother and quieter ride, and the joints from slab to slab did not cause cracks, what was that wonder material?¬† I don't know. However the repairs to these extensive areas…

Apr 18th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 17th April went along and the often Osprey domestic scene unfolded, him on a nearby branch and her on the nest. And ten minutes later ? same scene. So I moved and after much panning around with the telescope spotted a female Marsh harrier, about 3 km away, it was windy and the bird was doing that harrier "lapwing" flight and like a lot of birds can do merged into the background and disappeared. I panned around for another half an hour trying to get the male, but that was my harrier moment, gone but welcome. Also welcome…

Apr 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 10th April the female Osprey was sitting on the nest cup, so in the last week she has laid an egg and is now incubating. I did see that the male has a left leg ring so my assumption is that the male is as last year. Buzzard was mewing above me, great spotteds were loudly "cheeping" and a lone willow warbler was singing away. At the time of watching the male had a fish, on a fence post in sight of the nest, well eaten, when I spotted him, again the tail end. I saw him later…

Apr 3rd by Ian under Bird Watching

After watching a wet F1 qualifying, I went to see if "my" Ospreys were back. They were, well one was, one on the nest and looking all around, alert, I imagined she / he¬† was looking around for the return of the mate from west Africa. Happened the Osprey was a she, and she was waiting for the return of the male with fish. He did, a paltry quarter of a once large rainbow trout, and she had to call call call, but still he only relinquished the small portion when she ducked her head under him…
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