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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. I were right about that saddle
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    Many honkbills at Aberlady. Brent honkbills. Greylag honkbills. Pink-footed honkbills.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    finches very busy breakfasting in my garden this morning. Maybe on some special 1st October Finch Delicacy.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  3. unhurt
    Member

    Aqua-rat zooming upstream in the WoL at Stockbridge. They go surprisingly fast - underwater their wee legs must be a blur.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  4. chdot
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  5. I were right about that saddle
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    Pipistrelle a-fluttering and a fox a-foraging on the way home from the shops yesterday.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  6. gembo
    Member

    Still swallows, maybe 1000 geese above Petinain south Lanarkshire, big buzzard, wee kestrel and mad sparrowhawk smashed across the road in front of us outside thankerton, battered into the hedge, much squawking.

    Many dead pheasant in one large murdered party. One des partridge

    Two dead foxes.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
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    Rumbling along the path at the back of Mortonhall campsite a lady comes the other way. Just as we pass a goldfinch streaks through a beam of sunlight between us. We smile and say hello, both recognising the moment.

    Try that in your automobile.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  8. Two bats seen at different points along the NEPN this morning as I rode to work in the dark. First time seeing any on my route in 12 years - but then again it was incredibly mild and the air was full of flying insects as a result this morning. (Don't think I can ever recall having to keep my mouth shut before sunrise and at this time of year!)

    Posted 1 week ago #
  9. Also saw a different kind of 'wildlife' just after 6am - three teens asleep at the side of the path close to where it passes under Newhaven Road. Two sleeping sitting up with their backs to the wall, with the third lying stretched out on the grass by their feet.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  10. gembo
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    Another two bats this time from the towpath - one above canal after boroughmuir and second further west near turn for WoL toonight. Quite Batty this weather

    Posted 6 days ago #
  11. I were right about that saddle
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    A sudden uptick in thin, confiding, slightly careworn robins. I wonder if the Scandinavian contingent have arrived for the winter? The ones that follow you when you dig the garden.

    Sparrowhawks are partial migrants (present year round, but not the same birds in summer and winter) and the winter lot which will have followed the songbirds across the north sea should be more visible as they scout out new hunting grounds in their spiraling prospecting flight.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  12. jdanielp
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    Owly noises in The Hermitage of Braid as it was getting dark last night and some bats. There was also a strange, flickering light emanating from the burn. We decided that it was probably one of those candle effect LED lights that had been launched into the water at some point upstream.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  13. I were right about that saddle
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    @jdanielp

    I have an EBC front light somewhere which I recovered from the bed of the Braid Burn in flashing mode at Nether Liberton Lane. Thought I was seeing fairies.

    Nowhere near a cycleable path. Suspect some kind of prank/art installation.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  14. jdanielp
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    @IWRATS I've seen underwater illumination in the canal on a number of occasions, usually soon after the clocks have changed in the autumn, but have yet to make any effort to try and retrieve such a light. I feel guilty about having lost a front light to the canal several years ago. It was switched off when it fell off under a bridge. By the time I heard the telltale bounce and a splash, it was too late.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  15. steveo
    Member

    some kind of prank/art installation.

    Yeah, just keep telling yourself that

    Regards
    The Doctor

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

    @steveo

    Given the number of pranks/art installations I've been involved in myself I can't rule it out.

    Anyway, my hallucinations are mostly auditory.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  17. steveo
    Member

    Hows the water wheel installation coming?

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

    @steveo

    Alas the Boy did not come this summer due to complications so the project is on hold.

    Tell no-one but the dynamo hub on a pringled wheel that @wingpig gifted me has the cones done up way too tight.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  19. steveo
    Member

    Ah thats a shame.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    Indian Eagle Owl joining the larger Eurasian Eagle Owl. At the Shacks on non-windy days.

    Bramble is the name of the smaller one.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  21. jdanielp
    Member

    A buzzard took flight ahead of me as I climbed Hermiston House Road, drifted overhead and then proceeded to dance in the wind above the adjoining field.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  22. jdanielp
    Member

    Forgot to mention my first spot of the season of two goosanders (gembo would say mergansers, let's call the whole thing off) on the canal by Boroughmuir High School Plaza yesterday morning.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    @jdanielp alright already, they are goosander though of course in the Latin Mergus Merganser

    Interesting birds where both male and female have the spectacular plumage major

    Posted 4 days ago #
  24. wingpig
    Member

    Two murmurations of honkbills within a few minutes of each other. Looks like they're parking up for a feed after an overnight flight.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  25. ejstubbs
    Member

    Sitting in my study enjoying a leisurely cup of tea this morning at about 07:30, I saw a fine-looking dog fox stroll into the garden and start having a sniff around. Seconds later a second one - just as handsome but noticeably bigger - wandered in. They approached each other warily and, after a brief bit of sniffing, launched in to an almighty rammy.

    The commotion appeared to attract the attention of the local magpies and jackdaws, which flapped around in the rowan making noises which I chose to interpret as the corvid equivalent of: "Go on, 'it him Barry!", "Leave 'im Wayne, 'e's not wurf it!", "Shut it you slaag!!" and similar such street argot.

    Fearing potential dire consequences for one or both of the protagonists, I quietly slipped out the back door and crept towards where I'd last seen them. I noticed a rustling from within a clump of ornamental grass under the buddleia. As I approached a little closer a vulpine face peered out with what I like to think was a rather sheepish "sorry about the racket...I'll just be on my way" look, and the owner then disappeared over the fence in to the garden of the neighbours to our rear.

    I could hear something chuntering about in the next adjacent garden which I assumed was the defeated party making good his escape in that direction.

    All in all, rather more exciting than what goes on during my usual Sunday morning brew!

    Posted 3 days ago #
  26. wingpig
    Member

    Five or six hundred more geese in two skeins just passing overhead.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  27. chdot
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  28. Trixie
    Member

    My highlight was stopping for a few minutes waiting for Mr & Mrs WesterHailes-Swan and their two large teenagers to move off the path and onto the water. One adult remained behind to beady-eye us as we gingerly crept past.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  29. jdanielp
    Member

    A fox skittering around Bruntsfield Links last night. I'd initially assumed that it was a dog playing while out on a walk, but when it crossed the path just ahead of me (I was on foot) it became apparent that it was actually a fox. It would run a short distance, stop to take a look around and then run off again in a slightly different direction.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  30. jdanielp
    Member

    I caught a glimpse of The Heriot-Watt Stoat vanishing into the foliage by The Loch just now as I headed for my lunch.

    Posted 2 days ago #

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