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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. unhurt
    Member

    Today I discovered you can reach my fat ball feeder from the top of the fence - if you're a crow. She ate quite a lot.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. Rosie
    Member

    Pink rhubarb knobs appearing. Spring is coming.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    Crows are clever they hav a sort of frontal cortex (caudate nillipdinim, or something)

    Spotted a Heron over Humbie this very mornng

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. Stickman
    Member

    Snowdrops pushing their way through in our garden.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Trixie
    Member

    Mr and Mrs Swan on the canal were being very affectionate this morning.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. gembo
    Member

    Spotted swan in flight quite close by on Harlaw road when out for a constitutional. You hear the whuff whuff noise of the wings displacing the air too of course. Very nice brown buzzard on return from Humbie in the morning too.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Three swans over Braid Hill as the setting sun painted them a rosy hew.

    Buzzard made a purring/snoring sound at me on the beach at St Cyrus too. Never heard that before.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    On the canal, at Hermiston, A heron flew over a swan then landed on the reed bed on the south side. Nice action. Two swans further in to town and many merganser mergansers (Gosanders of course)

    The blue bar tape of what looks like a complete racer in the water, just handlebars brealking the surface, if anyone has a grappling iron and fancies getting it out (wester hailes way), pedalled at furiously such that I had to go into vegetation and stop by one regular overtaking another regular on a blind bend at Longstone. I rolled my eyes in response to the seond regular rolling their eyes.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  9. paulmilne
    Member

    Mallard on the WoL by Murrayfield riding the current sideways, not paddling (as far as I could tell), just letting himself be carried along.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  10. unhurt
    Member

    Bone chill relaxed.

    ...you were saying? It's baltic trending to polar bearish in Stoccbrycg tonight.

    Hope the rats are huddled up all cosy.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Aye, found myself riding home standing on the pedals to avoid the ingress of ambient air.

    It'll freeze you neighbour's mucky glacier at least.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  12. jdanielp
    Member

    As I was cautiously cycling over the slush on the towpath at the Scott Russell Aqueduct, I spotted bubbles rising to the surface of the canal water which gradually moved ahead of me. Halfway across, a comorant surfaced, took one look at me cycling alongside it and promptly dived under again.

    I also spotted the marmaladey/white cat near the Bridge 8 Hub which I was able to greet when I walked in on a snowy morning earlier in the year. It appears to enjoy the snow.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

    Posted 3 months ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    two big hairy dogs out for a walk on the WoL path this morning wearing Cat Suits

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. unhurt
    Member

  16. chdot
    Admin

    Scotland's red squirrel numbers stabilise

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42987025

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. jdanielp
    Member

    A rare spot of a cormorant on the towpath side of the canal, albeit down on the floating platform at Wester Hailes. It looks perturbed about the fact that I was cycling past quite close but didn't take to the water.

    Prior to that, I found myself having to come to a halt as some ducks which were investigating the far side of the towpath at Lochrin Basin suddenly decided that they wanted to return to the water as I was approaching them. This seemed to amuse some of the cyclists heading towards me.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  18. wingpig
    Member

    Fox on the roof.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Standing above us on the other side of the corrugated skylight upstairs at the Bike Station no less.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Is it Muddy?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  21. Iain McR
    Member

    or fantastic ?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  22. unhurt
    Member

    Might have been wearing gloves?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  23. fimm
    Member

    Mr Fimm saw what he thinks was a mink (rather than an otter which was his first assumption) on the canal out beyond Ratho.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  24. gembo
    Member

    @fimm, quite likely. More furry, smaller and angrier than an otter?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  25. unhurt
    Member

    Couple of crows on the street this morning taking a deep and noisy interest in what I assumed was something edible but turned out to be an abandoned black fleece glove. I think it reminded them of a dead crow?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    Crows in Stockbridge more stupid than other crows?

    Swan on the canal last week getting something from discarded carry out carton floating on the water. Her breakfast it would seem.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  27. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Tawny owl calling for owl-on-owl action in Inch Park. Signs of spring I tells ya.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  28. unhurt
    Member

    owl-on-owl action

    and currently topping the "accidental autobiography title" leaderboard....

    Posted 3 months ago #
  29. jdanielp
    Member

    A cormorant stood by the side of the loch at Heriot-Watt.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  30. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Some cones I found today. The first two I can id but for the third I had to look at the tree to be sure. Anyone manage all three from memory?

    Posted 3 months ago #

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