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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. wingpig
    Member

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

    That is like air dried ham, man. Crow be on the up.

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

    If anyone has a fiver spare to help the ravens to continue to keep an eye on our bikes...

    It really shouldn't be necessary for Scottish Natural Heritage to be taken to court, but that's where we are.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. jdanielp
    Member

    The swan family had returned to their nest at the Wester Hailes Lagoon as I passed by this evening. The adult swan couple that had been hanging around in that vicinity were further west along the canal. The Kingsknowe Rat was scuttling away from the lagoon under the nearby bridge, presumably having just welcomed the swan family back.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. amir
    Member

    Close miss from a low flying Swan on the way home. Must have been going to Straiton pond. Shortly afterwards a small black bunny crossed the path. Wish my granny was still alive to infer my fortune from that.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. jdanielp
    Member

    Some good action on Craiglockhart Pond last night as the swan family, a duck family, miscellaneous other ducks, including a pair of tufted ducks, a couple of moorhens and a coot competed for the remnants of some food that had been deposited in the water mere moments before we arrived. The swan family dominated until the cygnets lost interest and drifted away into the middle of the pond, leaving it up to the ducks to fight for the rest. The ducklings were ranging quite far from their mother and kept being harrassed by the adult ducks, which led to some surprisingly loud cheeping noises and impressive underwater escapes. At one point the two moorhens had a bit of a stand-off against one another; the coot flew in from quite some distance to break up this altercation for no obvious reason. After everything had died down, the tufted ducks swam over and dove for the missed morsels. Meanwhile, the swan family had moved under some hanging vegetation which one of the adults repeatedly reached up to grab, pull down and then release, causing any loose bits of leaves to fall onto the water for the cygnets. Too early for bats.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. gembo
    Member

    Beauty of a sleek brown deer on WoL path ce soir

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

    Fabulous at hovering, but what is it?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. Frenchy
    Member

    Kestrel?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. gembo
    Member

    Does look more feathery than a kestrel but they win all hovering competitions.

    In other news some very noisy magpies have moved in next door. Their crrrrrak calls sounding out day and night. Lots of chasing of crows Etc.

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

    All on Sunday;

    Red kites chasing crows from their nest site
    Sparrowhawk chased by a starling
    Peregrine prowling
    Ospreys feeding an eel to their chicks
    Innumerable buzzards soaring
    Kestrel hovering

    We had bicycled to see the ospreys,the rest just turned up anyway.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. Frenchy
    Member

    Gladhouse?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. jdanielp
    Member

    The canal swan family appeared to have yet to take to the water and were lurking in the grass of the plastic animal and hot tub garden. After passing under Gogar Station Road Bridge, I spotted a couple of large swans aheads, which I assumed was the adult couple that had been hanging around Wester Hailes recently, only to then realise that they had a number of relatively small cygnets in tow... Tall reeds prevented me getting a good look in passing. I should have stopped to get a better look and count them in retrospect. I assume that they must have originated from further west.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    @frenchy, 'IWRATS - Boat of Garten?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. jdanielp
    Member

    I'm pleased/relieved to see that the swans at Heriot-Watt have finally had their eggs hatch in the last few days. I spotted two cygnets on the water of The Loch with one parent and at least one cygnet in the nest on the island along with the other parent.

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

    @Frenchy, @gembo

    A secret place that was featured on the BBC's four part Scotland's Wild Heart documentary voiced by Ewan Macgregor. Less than a mile from the tourist Mecca of Loch Ness but very little traveled.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. jdanielp
    Member

    The new canal swan family were swimming at Wester Hailes. I counted six cygnets. The original canal swan family were in the undergrowth of the plastic animal and hot tub garden again. I assume that they must have been out for a swim during the day.

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

    Also a bright green flying spider. About the size of a garden pea, lime green. I am not making this up.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. chdot
    Admin

    8 swallows.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. Iain McR
    Member

    A beaver - it was transporting a stick.

    A snapping turtle the size of a tray - it'd have your hand off if you got too close.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. amir
    Member

    @Iwrats cucumber spider?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. chdot
    Admin

    A new report from the Mammal Society puts the Scottish wildcat and red squirrel among the most threatened animals in the UK.

    A total of nine of Scotland’s mammals have been categorised as critical, endangered or vulnerable. A further six are listed as near-threatened.

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scottish-wildcat-and-red-squirrel-among-uk-s-most-threatened-land-mammals-1-4753567

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

    @amir

    Yes! Flew at me on a silk parachute and I swatted it down by reflex....

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. Rosie
    Member

    Canal family of 6 half-grown cygnets and parent sunning themselves at the non-water edge of towpath at Harrison Park.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. unhurt
    Member

    and

    in

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. jdanielp
    Member

    Underparts!

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

    I like the way the male sparrowhawk is a last minute fancy dress kingfisher.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. Ed1
    Member

    I was cycling home last night at at 1 am and a badger walked out just missed it

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. unhurt
    Member

    Tiny victory: first sea eagle chick hatched in Hoy for 145 years.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1505015086292484&id=208351565958849

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. Iain McR
    Member

    A (single parent) family of otters, 1 + 3. They came amazingly close. Awesome.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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