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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. gembo
    Member

    Believe and it will happen

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Had to brake to avoid a lesser black-backed gull on Gilmerton Road and then found another one and a herring gull within five metres of each other, both of which had been automotively spatchcocked on Craigmillar Park.

    Mass gull suicide?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. Min
    Member

    Probably someone had thrown food onto the road in order to see the gulls get killed.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. unhurt
    Member

    Gyah. I like gulls.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

    "I like gulls"

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. unhurt
    Member

    Thanks! Winter (juvenile?) black headed always acceptable. (though I like a mean-eyed herring gull or lesser black back too).

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. chdot
    Admin

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. unhurt
    Member

    That's perfect.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Trixie
    Member

    I had to run the gauntlet of a decent sized squad of menacing-looking juvenile gulls today at Granton shore. Loitering on the path and the wall. Might as well have been smoking and making snide remarks. I passed without incident. Also saw a pair of oystercatchers.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    In French there's a distinction between cute gulls, mouettes and bad gulls gone bad, goélands. I like the extremes - little gulls and greater black backs.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. rider73
    Member

    big ginger pusscat just after old crammond bridge - seen him a few times now on my commute in the morning - he seems nonplussed by cyclists, until slow down, they reach out and try and stroke him as he suns himself on the wall - "your not worthy to touch me" was the look he gave me.
    ahhh cats...........

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. jdanielp
    Member

    The canal cygnet count appears to have gone up to four based on my counts. Maybe they are playing an elaborate game of 'hide and seek'?

    I just startled a heron as I peered over the bank of the stream that runs behind our new building (The Lyell) at Heriot-Watt. It took exception to this and flew away. We get good views of swallows darting around outside our second floor windows (a few birds have collided with the windows too, unfortunately), and I spotted a couple of buzzards above the trees on The Avenue yesterday afternoon.

    Lots of bats and some unidentified splashes last night along the Water of Leith as I took an unplanned, but enjoyable, walk between Dean Village and the NEPN at dusk. There were a surprising number of people out at that time despite it being very dark in places. I even climbed over the barriers (but only after spotting somebody else successfully exit) and walked adventurously along the landslipped section.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. unhurt
    Member

    @Trixie - wonderful description of delinquent gull teens!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    PHL Yesterday @JDP so you can stop losing sleep

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. jdanielp
    Member

    @gembo excellent - has she changed her direction/route/schedule?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. gembo
    Member

    On towpath heading west in the morning is all I can say

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. jdanielp
    Member

    @gembo aha, a change of direction would explain things.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    I always see her heading west in the mornings, enigma. She once told me she liked my flag but I do not want to get into all that again and indeed would have a different flag now.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. jdanielp
    Member

    @gembo I think this must be somebody else then. Does she ride a folding bike? (LHL doesn't. Plus you said PHL which I think may actually be IWRATS' 'serial wobbler' and my 'shy smile lady' instead who does currently ride west in the morning despite having previously ridden east.)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. bax
    Member

    i offer this dope fresh joint up to the kingsknowe rat
     

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    R E W I N D

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. jdanielp
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    Getting back on topic, I just saw two kingfishers on the same branch on the canal just east of Gogar Station Road Bridge! They seemed engrossed in staring at one another and it was several minutes until one decided to fly away. Territorial behaviour, courtship, or parent and young?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    IWRATS' 'serial wobbler'

    Great, great power of recall. Whatever bekame of 2cool4skool?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. bax
    Member

    Getting back on topic

    on topic mate

    light years ahead

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. gembo
    Member

    @jdanp

    Woman wears purple lid, does not ride folder. What you talking about Willis?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. jdanielp
    Member

    @IWRATS there's very few of the old crowd left now: messenger guy is most prominent.

    @bax respect, yo.

    gembo ok, maybe that is her after all. I won't be spotting her anytime soon if so.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    Had disco guy a couple of Friday's back

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. jdanielp
    Member

    A kingfisher just chilling on the wooden jetty bit at the bottom of Hermiston House Garden. My aim for this autumn is to try to capture a decent picture of a kingfisher now that they seem to have become routinely spottable again.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. jdanielp
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    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. unhurt
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    Oh, cool!

    Yesterday evening, an arctic tern diving for fish less that two metres away from where I was swimming with a friend at Scapa Pier outside Kirkwall. Several more terns and a cruising bonxie too.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. rider73
    Member

    black cat ran across my path today

    oh noooooooo

    Posted 2 months ago #

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