Archive for April, 2012

Was watching on station by 8.30 am, on the 22/4/12,¬† female Osprey on eyrie, male nearby but not on sentinel position. Four clamouring Jays fly by making a grunting noise, not the usual "someone is being murdered in the woods" noise. Song thrush is the dominate singer, chiffchaffs and chaffinches¬† the chorus, wrens the sopranos. The pics are the male osprey at about 10.00 am, showing off his now revealed yellow ring on his right leg, while clasping a large (trout?), I could see the female on the nest cup making begging noises, while the male was…

Apr 21st by Ian under Bird Watching

Picture of this years Male osprey clearly showing a ring on left leg and clutching a flatfish, taken on Osprey diary 2012, 1 but I thought the camera didn't work as the batteries gave out during the shot. This week, Ospreys doing nought but being alert, I was there a few days¬† ago and just as I pitched up the female rose off the eyrie and the male soon joined her. My first thought was human interference, and not me, but scanning around there was nobody. They both settled again and I spotted the culprit, a third…

Aside Post

First Swallow, I got one while scoping in a hail storm on the 17th April, my daughter in Aberdeenshire got one the day before, mind you she lives within dung smelling distance from a farm. I have been trying to see/ hear another since, but nothing.
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where? well that's the first question, now if you didn't know where it was you now do. There are a¬† few "stans" out there beyond India and Pakistan. And beyond the pale is Uzbekistan's policy of involuntary sterilisation of young women. It is hardly believable that women can be treated this way as "a policy", then for a government statement to say their policy is advanced and a model for others to follow is infuriating. Avaaz where are you on this? Do click on the link, it is harrowing, but you need to know.…

Apr 12th by Ian under Bird Watching

Flew back from Shetland on the 10th at 12.15 pm and was watching a sitting tight Osprey by 4.30pm. No sign of a mate, but there must be as she/he would not be sitting tight. Scanned around the the other large trees for other osprey eyries but as ever none visible, will have to have the luck to see other ospreys landing with fish to locate what I feel sure must be there, other eyries. Next day I was on station about 10.30 am and she was sitting and he was doing his sentinel from the highest tree nearby. Knowing…

Apr 11th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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Where the gas pipeline re-enters the sea after its short land crossing from the Laggan-Tormore field via the gas plant whose infrastructure we are attempting to build despite our client's gross incompetence at managing anything that's not metal !! Well here's real metal engineering, the world's biggest pipe laying barge, starting work on a 243 km pipeline to St Fergus. Oil and gas stuff can make you stand back and admire, then they get involved in ground works, get lost, stay away you nodding donkeys cant, wont understand no matter how much money you throw at it…

Apr 11th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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In Shetland we live in an purpose built accommodation block, a polecat has been seen by various people who have reported the sightings to me of a polecat living underneath our new building. One sighting was of the polecat dragging a rabbit underneath the building. My Brother found a dead polecat on the road near our Sella Ness camp, On the Sunday equinox I was delayed as I forgot to forward my alarm, so on exiting the camp 1 hour late my brother had a surprise in the van, a dead polecat. We put the polecat back…
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