Archive for June, 2016

Jun 19th by Ian under Bird Watching

After a week and more of rain I ventured out on the 18th PM when the F1 qually finished, no show of harriers but the ospreys have a chick or chicks, I saw a parent (the female usually) feeding a chick and maybe fooled myself to see a white wobbly head. What was certain through heat haze and 60x magnification was that she was picking food and offering it up, so one chick at least. Both parents were on site and after feeding one flew off and the other stood nearby as with the heat of the day there was…

Jun 13th by Ian under Bird Watching

Well yes they do, and through a friendly local blackie that came within a metre of you whilst gardening, my wife then myself witnessed snail procurement. They are recorded as doing this in the BWP and we witnessed the wiping mechanism that the birds employ, they do it where they find the snail rather than take it to a place where wiping is more effective, like a gravel path. They clearly like snails as when we encountered a few and put them on the lawn the blackie was on to them, especially if pre-crushed. I also through the window witnessed…

Jun 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

This is the Osprey eyrie from a different viewpoint, you can see the happy couple intact. Moments earlier however there was a third Osprey hanging around and was perched where the present Osprey is perched, it was calmly escorted off the premises, I was expecting both Ospreys to do it and assertively but no, just when you think you can predict bird behaviour, you can't! The, I think male, Osprey in the second picture is on a perch quite near me in a different position from the first shot, note the length of the wings hence the…
listed as a very rare breeding UK bird mainly Nth of the great glen, (in 2010 average 5 year count was 16 breeding pairs) I discovered a Redwings nest with 6 eggs in a small rhododendron bush next to the wall of the holiday house we were in, in Lochaline. I disturbed it by accident as there is a path right beside it and I happened to be wandering around with binos, I thought it was a juv starling at first as it shot out from the bush with a similar squawk that juv starlings make, however it then made…
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