Archive for June, 2010

Jun 27th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20 June saw the male bring in a small pike and the female set about feeding her chicks, there are still three but one was being a teenager and just lying around. As the male took up his customary position out of faecal squirt range I saw he had a yellow ring on his right leg and a silver one on his left. These rings are harder to see than you might think as branches and feathers often obscure them. They¬† hunker down when preening and can stand on one leg. So it is well into the season and I…

Jun 25th by Ian under Bird Watching

spotted this unusual feather in a field next to the estuary, there was 3 or 4, not enough for a death on the ground, struck in the air and escaped? I think it's from a water bird, so it would not be roosting in a field of cows. Possible feather from the breast or flank. But from what?…
A couple of visits to Lochwinnoch RSPB centre over the last few days gave great views of many juvenile birds. ¬†Of particular interest was two juvenile great spotted woodpeckers that were feeding from the nut feeder only a few metres from the photo hide. ¬†My first visit on Sunday afternoon found the photo hide full of huge lenses and just enough room for me to fit in. ¬†Great views were had of the woodpeckers and numerous other birds. ¬†On Tuesday night the weather was still fine so I decided to pay another visit - this time I…
Saturday 11 June 2010, back of 8.00 am, Both adult Ospreys at eyrie, male on nearby perch, female on eyrie rim. Chicks not visible and she is not begging for food so presume chicks have been fed. Grey squirrel in next door tree emerges from the foliage on a leafless twig and chatters at the ospreys, never seen that before. Also never seen the female take off¬† with a fish and fly around, which she did when I returned after looking for the Marsh harrier. She did this twice, see picture of¬† her landing, was this to…
I went to a presentation tonight on the concrete ambassador series of four talks throughout the UK, Professor Karen Scrivener gave the talk on "cementing the future of concrete - science & sustainability" She ably demonstrated that concrete was needed and demanded as a unique material worldwide and went on to get us to the nana technology that enables them, the scientists, to tell us, the users and practitioners how a better understanding of the material and its constituents can deliver concrete with less CO2 emissions. It is the constituents that hold the key to CO2 reduction along with techniques…
6th of June and one of the picture's here show three Osprey chicks, two larger ones and a smaller one further back in the nest, hope it survives. There was a wandering Osprey today and the female immediately was off the nest, and circling, the male had gone fishing. The female wasn't too bothered, as the wandering Osprey just flew nearby. Soon the male returned with a fish and she began to feed the two chicks that immediately were at her feet, the larger ones. The photo isn't to clear but trust me there is three. Other…
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