Archive for May, 2016

May 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

took a walk along the Fife coastal path to the Fife boundary with Perth and Kinross, there is an obvious bridge of the boundary stream to be built but no path on going. My eye was drawn to a flower whose head was hanging, a water avens my horticultural spouse informed me. I always ask before resorting to the books as she short cuts the process. A wall nearby had obvious speedwell along its base, and it turned out to be wall speedwell, if you have ever tried to identify speedwells you will know it's not easy.…
I was out over the estuary by 7.30 AM watching a Harrier-less reedbed, they are just not around. My old pals the coos are back in the field and are very placid, I wonder if they have any memory of me? For the first time the shelducks were flying around making their ha ha noises, two males and two females.¬† Heard and saw sedge warblers, also willow warblers and chiffchaffs possible blackcap whose song I have to re-learn every year it just does not stick in my head! Fed up waiting for a harrier I had a…
Enjoying the unusually brilliant weather in Nth Perthshire today and by the river Ardle came across these wonderful wood anemones, there was also a jay nearby and to my delight a cuckoo, calling almost incessantly. I did see cuckoo flowers (lady's smock) by the road verge, lesser celandine are¬† by the rivers edges too. I didn't realise the sap of greater celandine was used to treat warts, everyday is, or should be, a school day.…

May 10th by Ian under Bird Watching

Tags: Nae tags again!

heard and saw three swifts over my house on the 5th of May, saw a juvenile house sparrow on the 6th, but not any young rooks flapping around like black rags yet, or a single juv blackie squeaking for food in the garden. Adult Starlings are using my car as a¬† faeces target practice and donate up to 5 splaterings a day!…
2/5/16 about 14.00 hrs, not the best time however the fridges needed food, excluding me from transport. In two hours caught a 10 second glimpse of a male marsh harrier, Well what's new! I wondered about how the Osprey's eyrie was given the near gale force winds we were experiencing. I believe the nest has been built up since my last picture as I can now see the sitting bird's head. Presumably the male on the perch, has a small pike (I saw it's deeply clefted tail) and it's good to see they can catch fish in…
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