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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. acsimpson
    Member

    Spotted a couple of red kites towards the end of the Border Nights at the weekend. Followed by a red squirrel while riding somewhere near the border afterwards.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

  3. Frenchy
    Member

    An owl alighting from a fencepost at the southern end of Lasswade Road a few nights ago.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. Rosie
    Member

    Kingfisher skimming along the Water of Leith today.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

    Which bit?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. Rosie
    Member

    As I was entering Roseburn Park from Roseburn Crescent. It's the first time I've seen a kingfisher.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. Rosie
    Member

    Kingfisher at the bridge to the Modern Art Gallery, by the weir. I didn't see it, but my companion did.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. LaidBack
    Member

    @Rosie First spot for me too about 2 weeks ago. Unexpectedly as close to Stockbridge on a Sunday when market was on.
    Two teenagers were standing close by looking at ducks after it went onto a tree for third time. Was not visible but I said to them it might fly out again.
    They wondered what a Kingfisher was and consulted Google to see if it was worth spotting for real or better to go back to fast food stall instead! So '22 ish!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. jdanielp
    Member

    At least two pairs of adult swans and a large number of cygnets chilling out amicably near the Calder Road Bridge this morning.

    The Kingsknowe Rat was dead on the towpath near The Bypass, and an unarmed squirrel running away along the towpath beyond it. I assume that the squirrel had thrown any evidence into the canal.

    A kingfisher on a branch overhanging the canal just before Gogar Station Road Bridge. Good to see and hear they are still around.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. fimm
    Member

    Loads of geese in Aberdeenshire.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. chdot
    Admin

  12. Rosie
    Member

    Sparrowhawk on the roof of my shed, where I put out bird food, then dropping to the ground before flying away with something I couldn't identify in its claw - perhaps a mouse.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. ejstubbs
    Member

    Much more likely to be one of the small birds that comes for the food you put out (there's a reason they're called sparrowhawks). If it helps, think of your actions as just helping to sustain the natural food chain.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. Rosie
    Member

    Mice do climb up the shed and eat the food. I've made it easy for them by growing ivy up a trellis against the shed.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. pringlis
    Member

    About 90% sure I saw a Weasel in the garden today. My house backs onto Blackford Pond so potentially some living in the nature reserve there?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. chdot
    Admin

  17. chdot
    Admin

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. ejstubbs
    Member

    Two ravens fossicking amongst the tussocks on the Capelaw side of Howden Glen yesterday lunchtime. We were on the MoD's landrover track so a little too far away to be 100% sure of the identification - until we realised that the other black corvid we could see was smaller, rather than further away, and was a crow. Bit of a Father Dougal moment, there...

    When they flew off towards Glencorse the low sun caught their plumage and turned them a beautiful iridescent navy blue. Wow.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. jdanielp
    Member

    The Kingsknowe Rat is (still?) dead (again?) in almost exactly the same place on the towpath that I saw it three weeks ago...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    @jdanielp

    I sang North to Alaska the other day to big John. He liked it. He is up and down the canal killing the rat I think. As have said hello a few times but not been able to stop and get world according to Big John and his enquiry How is Daniel? He is very fond of you.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  21. jdanielp
    Member

    @gembo I stopped to talk with Big John briefly this morning. We lamented the abrupt closure of The Filmhouse.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  22. gembo
    Member

    @jdanielp, big John as usherette selling ice cream from cigarette tray would be good

    Posted 1 month ago #
  23. Rosie
    Member

    Fallow deer on the half-wooded bank above the Water of Leith, a hundred yards west of the bridge to the Modern Art Gallery. A young woman who also spotted it exclaimed, I never thought I'd see something like that on my way home from work.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  24. chdot
    Admin

    Interesting part of town

    Two otters seen nearby earlier this week

    Still from iPhone video (not mine)

    Posted 1 month ago #
  25. gembo
    Member

    Fallow? With spots?

    Those otters have kittens (like I am making up that baby otters are called kittens or kits) Pups or whelps, so close to Kittens, Not

    Posted 1 month ago #
  26. Rosie
    Member

    @Gembo - a white rump. I thought that was the sign of a fallow deer. I see now it was a roe deer. Deerie me!

    @Chdot - everyone has seen those damned otters except for me. I'm always walking along the stretch of river from Saughton Park to Anthony Gormley above the weir, and not a hair of them.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  27. ejstubbs
    Member

    Assuming it's the same mother & two offspring, the Water of Leith Conservation Trust reported them at Longstone on Thursday:

    https://www.facebook.com/wolct/posts/3286730018309881

    The only place I've ever seen an otter in the WoL was at the pool above the weir at West Mill in Colinton, and that was a fair while ago now. The only time I've seen a kingfisher on the WoL was on the stretch alongside Fords Road. Looks like the best wildlife on the WoL seems to run and hide when I turn up!

    Dippers, though: I usually manage to see one or more of them. And I do like a dipper.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    Pretty sure there are more than 3 otters along the WoL.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  29. Rosie
    Member

    @ejstubbs - I do see goosanders, and they are lovely. Terrific dress sense in both duck and drake.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  30. Rosie
    Member

    Rook having a bath in a puddle on the pavement.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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