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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. jdanielp
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    Just the one heron on the canal this morning, which means that I spotted at least two but as many as five this week.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  2. unhurt
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  3. gembo
    Member

    Heron in flight out by start of path to Covenanter's grave this a.m. Also maybe woodcock, though no wood, out by level crossing on the back road from auchengray to the Carnwath esker, just after the level crossing. Woodcock not definite - yellowish bird that looked like a wood cock but in a marshy field.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  4. amir
    Member

    I think I saw a female peregrine on a post near Garvald, also a group of 8 roe deer, some snow drops in flower and a few glorious bull finches

    Posted 6 days ago #
  5. rider73
    Member

    @unhurt - awesome!

    plenty of dogs shitting on fife coastal path today on my run.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  6. jdanielp
    Member

    An unexpected (due to my not having been particularly close to any bodies of water today) spot of two herons mooching around on the grass in the dark at Inch Park.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @jdanielp

    They learned to feed in the grounds of Liberton Primary school by streetlight a few years back. If you look over the wall from Gilmerton Road they get all shifty and sidle off into the night. Sometimes a half dozen of them.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  8. Frenchy
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    I cycled to Linlithgow and back yesterday:

    • On the Kirkliston-Newbridge path, I startled a buzzard. It left its perch and flew for several seconds literally three feet above my head.
    • Earlier I'd seen two buzzards squabbling for the best hovering spot near Craigie Hill.
    • A heron near the canal.

    • A crow chasing what I think was a small kestrel, but all birds of prey are either buzzards or kestrels to me.

    Also some llamas in the grounds of Dundas Castle, but I suspect they're not actually wild.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  9. unhurt
    Member

    "First wolf in Flanders, Belgium, since 100 years! It is a German wolf, wearing a radio-collar and is being tracked on his journey. See https://t.co/Li8cd8pi4n https://t.co/55pp4IHorI"

    Posted 5 days ago #
  10. jdanielp
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    First kingfisher of the year for me this morning on the canal opposite Meggetland. One heron beyond the bypass.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  11. jdanielp
    Member

    One heron beyond the bypass, a large rat at Wester Hailes and a very friendly marmalade cat near the Bridge 8 Hub which neatly segued from running away from a cyclist who was following it over the 'bridge' over the burn to running towards me as I beckoned it over. Ease of cat stroking is one advantage of travelling by foot.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  12. ejstubbs
    Member

    Whenever I beckon to cats, or make any other friendly advances towards them, they run away. I must be doing it wrong. I get along with random dogs just fine, though.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  13. I were right about that saddle
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    @ejstubbs

    Cats use eye contact as a preliminary threat. If you look away from them and half close your eyes as they approach that helps them decide that you're not going to eat them.

    If you know a cat well you can mesmerise it with increasingly long blinks like you were falling asleep.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  14. unhurt
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    My Orkney cat used to do that back to me - lie in my lap and blink s-l-o-w-l-y up at me. Usually while purring, drooling and doing the lazy knead (paws stay still, claws extend/retract, extend/retract). Relaxing yet painful...

    Posted 2 days ago #
  15. amir
    Member

    Redwing near Eskbank station

    Posted 22 hours ago #

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