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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. Trixie
    Member

    From the positioning of the moorhen, it's very possible it got hit by a bike. :(

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    On a short fence post inspecting the ground beneath - a Massive buzzard like a cross between a golden eagle and rod Stewart's hair circa 1971 Faces era ( Ronnie Lane from that band has a song Je t'ai laisse sur Le Debris, - I left you on the debris, of the Sunday morning market, you was searching through the odds and ends, you was looking for a bargain. Immense, the YouTube slideshow for that track debris by faces has slideshow of old London with an inexplicable yet great photo of Jack from Chinatown with his nose all bandaged up). You can't spot Rod the Buzzard tonight unless you are out that way (watch out for the midges if you are) but you sure can listen to Debris by Faces.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. unhurt
    Member

    Amazing wildlife highlight report from a friend - he was in the cafe at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland yesterday and an oversized rat scampered past. He, no lie, managed to capture it in a cello case but it escaped again. Panic reigned, up to and including people stood on chairs squealing!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. fimm
    Member

    Hordes of cute ducklings bustling around in the sea between White Sands / Barnes Ness lighthouse on Saturday. Shelducks and Eider Ducks we thought. Must have been several families all together being supervised by a couple of adults.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Frenchy
    Member

    Hedgehog in the back garden this morning, which probably wasn't very happy at being disturbed by our dog. Luckily there was a fence between them.

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

    A rat in a cello case? Figures.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. gembo
    Member

    Walked passed that very conservatoire this morning but saw no rats nor cello cases.

    Did see the burnt out shell of the art school. Big shame but not Grenfell

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

  9. unhurt
    Member

    A handsome wee red squirrel between Feshie Bridge and Loch an Eilean. Co-spot with @morningsider

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

    Crested tits in Inshriach, a male sparrowhawk scouting through the tops of the venerable Scots pines in Glenfeshie first thing in the morning.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. jdanielp
    Member

    A buzzard soaring above Craiglockhart Pond or thereabouts as spotted from the canal towpath at Meggetland a little while ago.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  12. unhurt
    Member

    Rough afternoon much improved by this news from Newfoundland & Labrador:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/arctic-fox-rescue-iceberg-1.4720525

    "We seen something on the ice. Wasn't sure what it was," Russell told CBC's Labrador Morning. "So we got up closer to it. It was a little fox, Arctic fox. And he wasn't very big. He was soaking wet, and the gulls was trying to pick at him."

    Extra points for problem-solving:

    "The crew tried to pull him from the mushroom-shaped iceberg tip, but the skittish fox wouldn't let them close. So they used the boat to knock the ice pan down and fished the fox from the water with a net."

    Posted 3 months ago #
  13. paddyirish
    Member

    Two close encounters with deer absolutely pelting it across the road in front of me- one in Fife yesterday between Lochgelly and Kirkcaldy and one in Dalmeny Estate this morning.

    Both were doing IMO > 20 mph and were well built, not like the bambi-style ones I usually see. A collision would have been life-altering for us both...

    Posted 3 months ago #
  14. bax
    Member

    superlative iceberg fox rescue scenario

    bookmarked for future use

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. jdanielp
    Member

    A small toad on the canal towpath which I hopefully avoided.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. bax
    Member

    this week's daily regulars in the bax garden:

    4 goldfinch (3 more on occasion)
    1 goldfinch juvenile
    4 greenfinch
    2 greenfinch juveniles (one a bit sickly, worried about this one)
    1 bullfinch (very regal)
    2 chaffinch (pair) (male very regal)
    1 great tit
    2 blue tits
    1 blue tit juvenile - 3 missing in action :(
    1 coal tit (joint favourite)
    1 robin (joint favourite)
    1 wren
    2 thrush
    2 blackbirds (pair of cool dudes)

    1 collared dove
    too many wood pigeons (father dougal is ok tho)

    3 hedgehogs (young dylan is the fave)

    magpies, starlings and seagulls don't count

    sparrows count but i can't id them

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. gembo
    Member

    @bax, good list, bit of a sparrow blindspot? House sparrow easy to ID, flying in and out of my neighbour's rafters.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. bax
    Member

    yeah but do you know them as individuals, gembo?

    they all look the same to me

    a bit avian-racist i admit

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. bax
    Member

    ok at a guess

    - 2 house sparrows

    - one tree sparrow (jury's out, but a bit more exotic)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. bax
    Member

    thirsty young dylan in the yard last night

    (apeman infrared wildlife cam)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. bax
    Member

    finches in the area (aforementioned sickly juve greenfinch top left)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. bax
    Member

    healthier greenfinch

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

    @bax

    Lovely demonstration of the subtlety of the finch beak in its many guises. Positively Darwinian.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. bax
    Member

    all the young juves, carry the news

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. bax
    Member

    young greenfinch thug, in my yard last weekend

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. bax
    Member

    took this one in disko bay last summer

    ok, showing off, will stop now

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. gembo
    Member

    Great pics Bax, the tree sparrow, smaller and neater than the house sparrow. Take your point about the individuals all looking the same.

    The hawfinch I saw last winter had a powerful beak.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. amir
    Member

    Pair of Ring Ouzels just north of the summit of Cairnwell road

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Those photos are great Bax. That whale must have been an awesome thing to see.

    @amir, I'm sorry I missed the Ring ousels. In my exhausted state I misinterpreted your excited gesticulations as the onset of heat induced madness.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. amir
    Member

    Onset? That was much earlier

    Posted 2 months ago #

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