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…

Apr 18th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 17th April went along and the often Osprey domestic scene unfolded, him on a nearby branch and her on the nest. And ten minutes later ? same scene. So I moved and after much panning around with the telescope spotted a female Marsh harrier, about 3 km away, it was windy and the bird was doing that harrier "lapwing" flight and like a lot of birds can do merged into the background and disappeared. I panned around for another half an hour trying to get the male, but that was my harrier moment, gone but welcome. Also welcome…

Apr 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 10th April the female Osprey was sitting on the nest cup, so in the last week she has laid an egg and is now incubating. I did see that the male has a left leg ring so my assumption is that the male is as last year. Buzzard was mewing above me, great spotteds were loudly "cheeping" and a lone willow warbler was singing away. At the time of watching the male had a fish, on a fence post in sight of the nest, well eaten, when I spotted him, again the tail end. I saw him later…

Apr 3rd by Ian under Bird Watching

After watching a wet F1 qualifying, I went to see if "my" Ospreys were back. They were, well one was, one on the nest and looking all around, alert, I imagined she / he¬† was looking around for the return of the mate from west Africa. Happened the Osprey was a she, and she was waiting for the return of the male with fish. He did, a paltry quarter of a once large rainbow trout, and she had to call call call, but still he only relinquished the small portion when she ducked her head under him…

Mar 28th by Ian under Bird Watching

Having heard the Loch of the Lowes Osprey was back I went to have a look to see if "mine" was back, no joy, but it's early yet. The birds will have a bit of gardening to do as the nest has a dome of long grass occupying the cup area. I had visited last week as well and spotted a white Fallow deer in a scrape, in a field of sheep, it was a good kilometre away and was unaware of me and was seemingly at peace. This week the local farmer had his sheep in…
Mainly from American movies I have the implanted notion that rivers in America, particularly in the West, run wide, clean and have deep pools. When Big Gordon and I fished wee Scottish streams a 2 pound trout was a whopper, and rarely seen or caught, I often used to harbour a notion that fishing the wild undisturbed American rivers for trout would be so natural, wild fish, in wilderness, you, a fly rod, a camp fire, fresh fish. It would have been like fishing Scotland's streams in the 17th century, only the catch would be comparable to catching a good…

Jan 25th by Ian under Bird Watching

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The body does slow down with age, and weekends can often drip by with routine household tasks. When most tasks are accomplished it's threatening dark and that's mostly because of your¬† late start. So on a rain besmirched day, like today, Sunday 24th, I lit the wood burner early and settled into some bird mags and then my newly purchased twin volumes of¬† Birds of Scotland. It fired me up and lifted the "cabin fever", it reminded me of the days when I was 18 and keen on fly fishing, my mate (big Gordon) and I would eagerly await the…

Jan 19th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://gregpytel.blogspot.com/ try this blog spot for a very interesting view of the financial crisis (don't think it's over) and bankers behaviour. I obviously would never make a banker as I cannot see how a bonus can be paid until the taxpayers money is paid back. But we are shareholders so the money will not appear as a debt, but if we are the major share holders then surely we can veto these payments when management meetings are held, I understand major shareholders are present at some of these. It is apparent that bonuses will be paid, with the banks paying…
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