Archive for May, 2010

The post on Osprey diary 7 includes some remarks about Spey bay, I was at our laboratory for the Fochabers by pass, so could visit Spey bay during spare time. The reason I had spare time was our lab was being assessed for accreditation by UKAS assessors, and I was the virtual spare person at a wedding. This, because my assistants were the builders and I was the architect, so well done Jamie and Sandy, master builders. Everyone who has achieved UKAS accreditation knows the difficulties, so I would like to thank John Macavoy, chief materials engineer¬† for the M74…
On the 22 of May at about 7.30 am I was on spot to do my Osprey watch, I am expecting to see chick feeding as i reckon the eggs should have hatched as she was sitting from the 10 of April, and perhaps a few days before. Well she was sitting and he was perched nearby and not a lot was happening except she moved off the cup a few times. On one occasion when off, she picked up a fish from the nest edge, fed herself and once or twice bent into the nest cup, that to me…
I was out at the back of seven am on the 15/5/10, and I immediately recognised that the bird on the eyrie was the male. The crest on the female is more pronounced and browner, she arrived within five minutes landed near the nest, then after a few preens and calls she made a quick flap to the eyrie, a few calls, hopped nearer and he got off. So yet another change over, my¬† 4th, all in the morning and this time much earlier than I saw the others! When you don't witness this for years and see four within…

May 10th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007dvhr/The_Interview_07_05_10_Michael_Lewis/ I am not going to say anything, just listen to this interview.…
Took these pics of a song thrush on the 2/5/10, and as the Ospreys were virtually doing nothing I will post this next week. I did just luckily catch the female marsh harrier land in the same place the male did last week, so that appears to be a chosen location. She remained at the location for a good ten minutes as I waited for her to take off, I scanned around then coming back to the location frequently, but there were no more sightings. The probable reason I had time to digiscope the thrush was he…
Last night was the first outing to the¬†site where the Long Eared Owls live.¬†After an hour and a half of walking around and no sign of any activity, we spent 20 minutes standing close to the rough moorland that is a favourite hunting ground.¬† Just as the sun was begining to set I caught some movement and there was the Owl.¬† It flew within 20 feet of us and landed in a nearby tree where it spent 10 minutes surveying the surrounding area; it then flew to a another tree close by¬†and continued its vigil.¬† After about…
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