Not up too early, lay in bed listening to out of doors on radio Scotland, it was 9.30 when I scoped the Ospreys, but just before I did I saw a fox on the path some 50m away head down sniffing , I froze but was very exposed and the fox ran off after looking up, into the barley field. I thought that would have been that but within 15 mins a pair of foxes were on the path and I was an obvious intrusion, I thought the pair a male and female as there was no "cubbish behaviour"  The Ospreys were content, him up high on an adjoining tree and her on the eyrie edge, watching her three chicks. The foxes disappeared to where the smaller one originally ran, into the barley field,  but this time there was an almighty noise, difficult to describe but not I thought a fox noise but a fox prey noise, the smaller fox I saw scarper, so perhaps the noise was fox to fox, male to male?. Not a noise you would like just behind you on a dark country lane. That noise was to be followed by a genuine fox warning howling, as the smaller scarpered fox was in the field in front of me, obscured by tall grass but revealed by a crow, from whose call I knew something was afoot. As I hid behind a solitary tree, I saw the smaller fox near the cows bucket lick, and the annoyed crow,  the larger fox however spotted me and he just howled, the smaller fox again scarpered but I  just managed a shot of the howling fox. Again not a noise to be heard near you in the dark, truly elemental, not just a normal fox's warning bark. A third Osprey made an appearance, as when I scoped the eyrie, after the fox interlude, there was no female, she was in the air above the intruder and made several dives at the intruder, she was off the eyrie for some 5 mins, whilst the bold himself never moved from his lofty perch! For the first time this year I spotted skipper butterflies, it was sunny and hot,  and a flower I have been dreading to identify, a hawksbit, a hawksweed, a hawksbeard or an allied catsear or ox-tongue ? don't know, will have to pick it and bring it to the books, a picture only goes a short way with wild flowers. Especially as I don't understand plant parts, shaggy bracts? basal florets? chaffy scales among to florets? fruits beaked or not? clearly another and more complicated world than Bird identification. Thank science for ispot. Oh and as I approached my car there was an evident note under the wiper informing me of marsh harrier juveniles within my usual position, the note was from Harry Bell, the author of the marsh harrier section (amongst others) in the two volume Birds of Scotland. Excellent, a proper bird watcher watching a bird watcher confused by wild flowers.

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