Aug 16th by Ian under Bird Watching

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Adults Ospreys may have gone, did see two juvs on the eyrie, and later one on the eyrie branch, it was making begging calls, but eventually flew off. On scanning the reedbeds I did pick up an Osprey on the other side of the river, one from "my" nest ? who knows. It's time we had bird rings that emitted bar codes that smart phones could pick up, now that would advance bird movement study. No juv or adult harriers in evidence so could also be gone. End of another nesting season, comes round so quickly! however the weather was…
Last weekend I decided that I would pay a visit to the RSPB Fowlsheugh reserve on the east coast of Scotland near Stonehaven. ¬†My aim was to see some auks and in particular some Puffins - it was late in the season and as such possibly too late. ¬†Indeed it was too late and no auks were in evidence, however some great views of ¬†Herring Gull, Fulmar and Kittiwake were had, including juveniles of all three species. ¬†A great view of a Sedge Warbler was also had on the walk back to the carpark.…
For a bloke who gets sea sick standing on a pier the thought of a ferry trip to Shetland where the seats in the bar have a wire harness to the floor, was worrying. However the weather was high pressure and i needed to take my car to move the bulky PPE and other items I need. So with confidence having used the ferry port to turn around on after leaving Petrofacs office i set off, and duly turned into the right place to turn but the wrong quay, dope!! Found the right quay, after instructions, boarded…

Jul 17th by Ian under Bird Watching

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All three chicks are on the wing and as rumoured they have been ringed, the osprey pic is the female on the left and a juv on the right, you can make out the ring on the juvs left leg. I think they have a ring on both legs. All three chicks were on the eyrie when i got there about 9.45, the female was there, then the male arrived and when I was watching the fox in the pics for a good 45 mins only a juv remained on the eyrie, the other four had gone…
As you can see from the pics the Ospreys have three well grown juveniles, on Sunday I was out at 7.30 am the rain had finished from yesterday and the wind and sun were not spoiling telescoping, so i was able to get some reasonable pics. As I've said before a photographer would not offer these pics on the internet, but I'm not trying to win a prize just show three well grown juvs. Like some tabloids some people might consider I'm making it up hacking into smart phone pictures or the like. My farmer friends suggested…
Not up too early, lay in bed listening to out of doors on radio Scotland, it was 9.30 when I scoped the Ospreys, but just before I did I saw a fox on the path some 50m away head down sniffing , I froze but was very exposed and the fox ran off after looking up, into the barley field. I thought that would have been that but within 15 mins a pair of foxes were on the path and I was an obvious intrusion, I thought the pair a male and female as there was no…
As I entered the wood it was absolutely silent, it was very strange, usually there are feeding parties of tits constantly contact calling, a great spotted woodpecker usually cheeps, a wren explodes his call, nothing, silent. had a sparrow hawk just shot through the wood? don't know. As I left the wood a wood pigeon slapped it's wings on take off and another started cooing. The spell was broken. It wasn't early but there was no wind, or rain, or sunshine, that meant I could take a reasonable picture of the chicks if they were not being…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0120dm1 This link to Newsweek Scotland woke me from the reverie of warm downy cosiness, minute 18 to 36 is the poignant part. Nothing less than the downfall of the euro zone. The reason I bring it to your attention it is that I believe it, and I am not so sure why, perhaps it is because I believe politicians (in general) do not understand economics. The non control of the banking system is testimony to even the monetary erudite Mr Brown's failure to understand the system, he understood how to fix it, just as well. But what this 18…
After the big garden tidy up, as I had tramped over a metre wide path behind the now repaired fence meant it was 2.00pm before I approached the osprey location. It was warm and I thought she will be off the nest, not brooding , and I will see the two chicks I was now confident she had. She was on the eyrie edge and the chicks were wing stretching and panting a little, as wing parts can become visible when they do this and the other chicks pop up at times you can imagine many chicks…
After some rescue gardening after my fence blew down two weeks ago, it was 10.00am before I got to the Osprey site. After Friday's weather, sat and sun were remarkably dull and on this Sunday I was cold in just a Paramo and thin polo shirt. However I did remain still for 1.5 hours observing, mainly because the male arrived shortly after my start of observation and with a decapitated largish trout. He obviously had eaten the head elsewhere and brought the rest to the family, who are two not one chick as I wrongly predicted, he continued to eat…
I well remember the library opening in Eaglesham in the 60's, our house didn't have¬† any readable children's books. The library's written words in accessible books made me a reader, a learner, an open door to understanding. Audio books? books on Kindle? who cares just absorb¬† more words. Words waiting Hidden on closed pages Latent power, latent influence Just words; waiting Waiting to be read Waiting to be understood Poetic words; patiently proscribed Novel words; creative Factual words; educative But just print on a page In your language Waiting to be read Waiting to be understood…
With trepidation after the gale force winds of Sunday and Monday, I was fully aware that the eyrie might not be there in it's entirety. It was, and at 5.30am my erratic blood pressure was calmed by the sight of her on the eyrie and him perched nearby. What was more the tree sparrows, both of them, were moving in and out of the eyrie, so I presume now feeding chicks. Two nests in one! Can't report anything much happening in the next hour. However on the Sunday I went out twice and in very windy conditions,…

May 22nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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What windy and showery weather, not the best for an Osprey to be born into, but I seriously consider my pair now have chick/chicks. The female is shuffling around and sitting high in the cup, she is also putting her head way down between her legs. Today, Sunday 22nd she had an off the nest surveillance of what was below her whilst having a wing flap, exercise? shedding water? There is no doubt her behaviour has changed. The male also, when a crow landed near the nest site, it was quickly dispatched with some brilliant aeronautics emphasised by the windy…
http://www.tie.ltd.uk/tie_key.html click on the above to see the key personnel, well minus Mr Jeffrey, who bailed out today. The city of Edinburgh council have gagged the successful contractor Bilfinger Berger, so we will all receive a one sided account, and furthermore TIE have spent 80% of the budgeted sum and are now considering whether to continue with the project or not. WHAT A BLOOMING SCANDAL The Burghers of Edinburgh should be more reactionary and bringing those councillors who voted for this obviously ill thought out scheme to account. At the very least all those who voted for approval of this…

May 11th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://climatecodered.blogspot.com/2010/01/pine-island-glacier-loss-must-force.html use link, and yes there are probably too many climate warnings and failed global meetings for this or any other disaster climate warnings to be heeded. But surely there is now ( apart from G W Bush and followers) a realisation, in the West,¬† that the planets climate is changing, it is more unpredictable and the cause is rising CO2 levels. From the failed global meetings, emergent nations are not going to voluntary reduce their economic advancement in line with the the emerged nations wishes who have obtained economic strength by the present levels of CO2. They are on…
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