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Wildlife highlight of the day

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  1. jdanielp
    Member

    A couple of tiny, cute rodents scurrying away from my bike near Hermiston House. A substantially larger rat doing the same at Kingsknowe.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    So the Kingsknowe rat be back?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    King rat

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    A flock of twenty curlews just flew over south suburban Edinburgh.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

    "

    curlews - a herd of curlews

    "

    http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/collective-nouns-for-birds

    Posted 4 years ago #
  6. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Scottish Canals (@scottishcanals)
    18/01/2017, 6:07 pm
    Fish rescues & a canal without water? Find out about our project to drain & inspect 5km of the #UnionCanal in this video of our open day!

    http://pic.twitter.com/OzWGYCNdLF

    "

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. jdanielp
    Member

    Herons have been returning to the canal after their seemingly annual scarcity during the autumn. I'm now spotting one daily between Gogar Station Road Bridge and Hermiston House.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

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    KirkcaldyPolice (@KirkcaldyPolice)
    19/01/2017, 8:32 am
    Having a whale of a time in the Forth... https://facebook.com/FifePoliceDivision/photos/a.111404428895594.6784.102710169765020/1188845417818151

    http://pic.twitter.com/lHdNsV7SYo

    "

    Posted 4 years ago #
  9. jdanielp
    Member

    Lots of cormorants near the canal this morning (although quite possibly only two in total). Two flew by as I was talking to Big John near the turn off to Colinton, and a bit later I saw an individual fly by at Wester Hailes and another individual in the water after Calder Road Bridge.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @jdanielp

    Does Big John have a view on the cormorants?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  11. jdanielp
    Member

    @IWRATS he had the exact opposite view to me given how we were positioned. I am generally in favour of them.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

  13. jdanielp
    Member

    A sparrowhawk (I think) in a tree in the back garden of my Old Town flat just now.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  14. jdanielp
    Member

    The two roe deer were out and about on the towpath beyond the Slateford Aqueduct again this morning. I had assumed that they must have extracted themselves from the area by now after not having spotted them since November so was quite surprised to see them in the distance... They were almost as slow deciding to take refuge in the undergrowth as I approached as they were the previous time I saw them.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @jdanielp

    The roe deer on Craigmillar Hill are so tame that I think it might, with a little patience, be possible to touch them. Unless of course one of those twelve-dog-one-woman creatures ambles by. They're not keen on them.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  16. dessert rat
    Member

    how about this ......

    Eurasian Golden Oriole flashed in front of me and came back for a second look, as I pulled up at site* this afternoon.

    *Site is not in Edinburgh, I'm in Equatorial Guinea this week.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  17. jdanielp
    Member

    A fox trotted purposefully across Allan Park Road ahead of me as I was cycling up towards the canal bridge on my aqueduct detour last night.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  18. wishicouldgofaster
    Member

    I just about hit a deer in Davidsons Mains Park this morning. I hear a rustle from the bushes and then it just trotted out and over the path. Thank goodness for disc brakes.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  19. Greenroofer
    Member

    I followed the Kingsknowe Rat along the towpath this morning for a short while. I like to think that it's 'the' Kingsknowe Rat, rather than 'a Kingsknowe rat'.

    He or she was surprisingly sleek.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    If you want freaked out read about the ratking phenomenon. Largely found tied together in a seething ball in Germany. Only really black rats though

    Posted 4 years ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    A peregrine falcon heading north through the gathering gloom over Liberton.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  22. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    An uncountable horde of scoters heading west off Gullane Point. A gannet that never left or has come back too early.

    Also a bird that I have no idea what it was.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  23. jdanielp
    Member

    A sleeping fox curled up in someone's low set garden as spied from a suburban road in Hastings.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  24. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Three roe deer a long way off who converged on our road then ran alongside. If it was amir's brightly coloured top that set them off they made a terrible job of avoiding us.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  25. neddie
    Member

    Locked up the back wheel for a squirrel, disturbed by a runner, darting across the Pinkhill path this morning.

    It survived...

    ...by about 2 inches.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  26. kaputnik
    Moderator

    A dozen or so redwing feeding on the grass in the Charlotte Square garden

    Posted 4 years ago #
  27. jdanielp
    Member

    A twitting owl woke me up just after 4 am last night. Once I had worked out what it was I could have easily just gone back to sleep, but I decided to get up and have a look out of the window to see if I could spot it - I couldn't, but it was satisfyingly quiet outside. In the morning, it was apparent that we had forgotten to switch on the hot water timer; maybe it was trying to alert us to that oversight.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  28. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @jdanielp

    I think your freezer emptied itself overnight too.

    ***DAILY HEIL LINK KLAXON***

    Posted 4 years ago #
  29. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    A greyhound wandering around in the traffic outside Summerhall. I'd have gone and caught it, but I was meeting someone. Hope it's returned to its owner quickly.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  30. Frenchy
    Member

    No sign of greyhound when I passed 20 minutes ago.

    Posted 4 years ago #

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