Archive for April, 2016

Apr 21st by Ian under Bird Watching

21/4/16 been out a couple of times before the 21st but was unsure if the Osprey had really adopted their old eyrie site with the man made replacement. Well they have, and I assume this photo shows the male on the nest rim and the female now out of sight and sitting on eggs. The new nest site does not allow direct observation as the old one did so I think I will wait until the chicks are up and about before I return to the new observation spot which is nearer and arguably disturbing. Also I…
6th, yes 6th of April and while out at the osprey site I heard a familiar chirrup and looked up, well it was only a swallow then a couple of others and a martin also staccato calling and feeding. They do use river valleys as migrating routes and the reedbeds for roosting, but the 6th of April ? in Fife? against a strong NWst wind. Next I'll find all the geese have gone!…

Apr 5th by Ian under Bird Watching

5th April and it rained all day yesterday and before then we had southerly gales so when I got out today I was hopeful of Ospreys between showers. But first on the eye menu was a dark marsh harrier, first inclination it was the female I saw a few days before, this bird was hunting by quartering so I got a good look at her/him. Well I convinced myself it was a dark male as the contrast on the upper wing was evident, the black primaries, the paler main wing and the very definite chestnut of the forewing, it also…
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