Jun 27th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20 June saw the male bring in a small pike and the female set about feeding her chicks, there are still three but one was being a teenager and just lying around. As the male took up his customary position out of faecal squirt range I saw he had a yellow ring on his right leg and a silver one on his left. These rings are harder to see than you might think as branches and feathers often obscure them. They¬† hunker down when preening and can stand on one leg. So it is well into the season and I…

Jun 25th by Ian under Bird Watching

spotted this unusual feather in a field next to the estuary, there was 3 or 4, not enough for a death on the ground, struck in the air and escaped? I think it's from a water bird, so it would not be roosting in a field of cows. Possible feather from the breast or flank. But from what?…
A couple of visits to Lochwinnoch RSPB centre over the last few days gave great views of many juvenile birds. ¬†Of particular interest was two juvenile great spotted woodpeckers that were feeding from the nut feeder only a few metres from the photo hide. ¬†My first visit on Sunday afternoon found the photo hide full of huge lenses and just enough room for me to fit in. ¬†Great views were had of the woodpeckers and numerous other birds. ¬†On Tuesday night the weather was still fine so I decided to pay another visit - this time I…
Saturday 11 June 2010, back of 8.00 am, Both adult Ospreys at eyrie, male on nearby perch, female on eyrie rim. Chicks not visible and she is not begging for food so presume chicks have been fed. Grey squirrel in next door tree emerges from the foliage on a leafless twig and chatters at the ospreys, never seen that before. Also never seen the female take off¬† with a fish and fly around, which she did when I returned after looking for the Marsh harrier. She did this twice, see picture of¬† her landing, was this to…
I went to a presentation tonight on the concrete ambassador series of four talks throughout the UK, Professor Karen Scrivener gave the talk on "cementing the future of concrete - science & sustainability" She ably demonstrated that concrete was needed and demanded as a unique material worldwide and went on to get us to the nana technology that enables them, the scientists, to tell us, the users and practitioners how a better understanding of the material and its constituents can deliver concrete with less CO2 emissions. It is the constituents that hold the key to CO2 reduction along with techniques…
6th of June and one of the picture's here show three Osprey chicks, two larger ones and a smaller one further back in the nest, hope it survives. There was a wandering Osprey today and the female immediately was off the nest, and circling, the male had gone fishing. The female wasn't too bothered, as the wandering Osprey just flew nearby. Soon the male returned with a fish and she began to feed the two chicks that immediately were at her feet, the larger ones. The photo isn't to clear but trust me there is three. Other…
The post on Osprey diary 7 includes some remarks about Spey bay, I was at our laboratory for the Fochabers by pass, so could visit Spey bay during spare time. The reason I had spare time was our lab was being assessed for accreditation by UKAS assessors, and I was the virtual spare person at a wedding. This, because my assistants were the builders and I was the architect, so well done Jamie and Sandy, master builders. Everyone who has achieved UKAS accreditation knows the difficulties, so I would like to thank John Macavoy, chief materials engineer¬† for the M74…
On the 22 of May at about 7.30 am I was on spot to do my Osprey watch, I am expecting to see chick feeding as i reckon the eggs should have hatched as she was sitting from the 10 of April, and perhaps a few days before. Well she was sitting and he was perched nearby and not a lot was happening except she moved off the cup a few times. On one occasion when off, she picked up a fish from the nest edge, fed herself and once or twice bent into the nest cup, that to me…
I was out at the back of seven am on the 15/5/10, and I immediately recognised that the bird on the eyrie was the male. The crest on the female is more pronounced and browner, she arrived within five minutes landed near the nest, then after a few preens and calls she made a quick flap to the eyrie, a few calls, hopped nearer and he got off. So yet another change over, my¬† 4th, all in the morning and this time much earlier than I saw the others! When you don't witness this for years and see four within…

May 10th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007dvhr/The_Interview_07_05_10_Michael_Lewis/ I am not going to say anything, just listen to this interview.…
Took these pics of a song thrush on the 2/5/10, and as the Ospreys were virtually doing nothing I will post this next week. I did just luckily catch the female marsh harrier land in the same place the male did last week, so that appears to be a chosen location. She remained at the location for a good ten minutes as I waited for her to take off, I scanned around then coming back to the location frequently, but there were no more sightings. The probable reason I had time to digiscope the thrush was he…
Last night was the first outing to the¬†site where the Long Eared Owls live.¬†After an hour and a half of walking around and no sign of any activity, we spent 20 minutes standing close to the rough moorland that is a favourite hunting ground.¬† Just as the sun was begining to set I caught some movement and there was the Owl.¬† It flew within 20 feet of us and landed in a nearby tree where it spent 10 minutes surveying the surrounding area; it then flew to a another tree close by¬†and continued its vigil.¬† After about…
24 April 9.00 am, up to 12 carrion crows were giving the, not on the nest Osprey, absolute grief, turns out it was the female as after getting no peace at the top of a tree she flew around many times with the crow entourage and eventually settled on the nest for a cross over. Having never seen a cross over till last week, now I've witnessed two. There were plenty of martins and swallows in the air, the air was calm and there was a mist, although lifting with the daytime rising heat. A perfect time to listen, I…
It cannot have escaped any drivers notice that the severe winter has caused sudden deterioration in road surfaces. The concrete section of the M90 was no exception where the fast lane was under traffic management for some weeks due to the micro surfacing¬† not being there any more. The micro surfacing (slurry sealing?) was a complete success as I watched it being applied with some wonderment, it did give a smoother and quieter ride, and the joints from slab to slab did not cause cracks, what was that wonder material?¬† I don't know. However the repairs to these extensive areas…
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