Archive for August, 2011

The normal summer hols were again spent in Lochaline, (nearest ferry to Mull), in a house overlooking the sound of Mull and Ardornish castle if a tree wasn't there! Mike and Jan, the owners, weren't there which was a pity. With more people incumbent there is more intention to explore/ have day trips. My brother Derek and his wife Moira were there from the first Saturday to the Thursday, we arrived on the Monday, so had a few days overlap. Five people went to three, my wife and her cousin Helen, we kinda stayed local. We did…

Aug 16th by Ian under Bird Watching

Tags: Nae tags again!

Adults Ospreys may have gone, did see two juvs on the eyrie, and later one on the eyrie branch, it was making begging calls, but eventually flew off. On scanning the reedbeds I did pick up an Osprey on the other side of the river, one from "my" nest ? who knows. It's time we had bird rings that emitted bar codes that smart phones could pick up, now that would advance bird movement study. No juv or adult harriers in evidence so could also be gone. End of another nesting season, comes round so quickly! however the weather was…
Last weekend I decided that I would pay a visit to the RSPB Fowlsheugh reserve on the east coast of Scotland near Stonehaven. ¬†My aim was to see some auks and in particular some Puffins - it was late in the season and as such possibly too late. ¬†Indeed it was too late and no auks were in evidence, however some great views of ¬†Herring Gull, Fulmar and Kittiwake were had, including juveniles of all three species. ¬†A great view of a Sedge Warbler was also had on the walk back to the carpark.…
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