Archive for July, 2012

Jul 22nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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Glad I call this post osprey diary, for if it were harrier diary it would be bereft of observations, I spent 5 hours in three sessions hoping to see our young male harrier in flight, not only did i not see him but I failed to see any harrier, either hunting or parked up preening. However not 5 hours wasted as it was 5 hours communing with the countryside, I did spot a spotted flycatcher uprightly perched just behind me, where has that bird been all year? also I had 20 or so black tailed godwits, never had them on…
  The osprey juvs are now on the wing, the eyrie was empty when I went today Sunday 15th July, except an adult was sentinel on the top of a nearby tree. I did spot two ospreys in the air later and one, much later, was having a lazy hour on a small tree on the other side of the estuary. Another successful brood from a well established eyrie. I was really out to see what the marsh harrier situation was,¬† I was on station at 8.30 am and luckily by the back of 9.00am the male…
Like I stated last week you need to choose your weather window, Saturday was just foul, rained all day, I mean all day. Made F1 qualifying interesting at Silverstone, I wonder where that name comes from, does it have a geological link? so Sunday dawned dry and clear, I know as I went to the loo, I was however out on station looking for Marsh harrier movement by 8.30, having snapped the whole osprey family on the eyrie before that. However today (up to F1 and tennis) was to be devoted to the harriers whose single chick…
Jings you have to pick parts of the day to get some clear weather, Sunday 1st July am was brilliant and luckily I chose it for my Osprey watch. Saturday it rained all day and I was on the other end of a vacuum cleaner, we had builders in. Sunday pm it clouded over and eventually rained, but I managed to cut the over-long grass. So, Ospreys have two, now large chicks, its amazing how quickly they grow, both the chicks¬† now have BTO rings care of the Tayside ringing group, and I predict that one will be air born…
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