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Birds and bees

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:49 pm
by Philellinas
I spent an afternoon at the Cotswold Water Park (disused) gravel pits enjoying good views of lapwing vanellus vanellus (aka peewit or green plover). I had trouble for some reason distinguishing between common sandpiper and green sandpiper. Luckily an expert ornithologist (ChrisP of this parish) was on hand to confirm that we were dealing with green sandpipers. Most of my home patch, i.e. the Cotswolds, is not exactly wader heaven. That's my excuse.

Re: Birds and bees

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:18 pm
by Chris P
Philellinas wrote: Luckily an expert ornithologist (ChrisP of this parish) was on hand to confirm that we were dealing with green sandpipers


haha, I didn't initially even know they were sandpipers - I just looked them up in a field guide (what a giveaway!)

more Sandpipers (the SoTW type):
http://youtu.be/Jm1anurhbeg

Re: Birds and bees

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:31 pm
by Chris P
Chris P wrote:more Sandpipers (the SoTW type):
http://youtu.be/Jm1anurhbeg


talking of which, is this (see link below) the most limp wristed snivelling travesty of a good song ever? Mogadon? - "just say no, kids'":

http://youtu.be/CqckI8e4lIs

Eagles

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:18 pm
by Janet M
Had a jaunt down to Harris at the weekend and saw lots of eagles while driving, both Golden, and the much bigger White Tailed Sea Eagle - such an impressive sight. Trouble was by the time I'd pulled over, fished out my camera and found them through the viewfinder, they'd dwindled to small dots in the distance. You'll just have to imagine the sight!

Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:33 pm
by Janet M
I went out to the really good lookout headland on the island, Tiumpan Head, as there was a lull in the wild wet and windy weather and saw ... just gannets, fulmar and shearwater. As the sea was full of pointy fin shaped waves I couldn't be sure I'd seen anything of a cetacean persuasion. Must be patient

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:21 am
by Philellinas
Janet M wrote:... just gannets, fulmar and shearwater.

I would be careful how you describe your sightings, Janet. Those of us who live inland are envious of your cetacean and avian reports. Have you had any involvement with the pod of pilot whales which was beached in your neck of the woods?

Re: Fox n' Crocs

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:54 pm
by Janet M
I was approached as I am a registered Marine Mammal Medic for the BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue), but had to point out that I was 7 hours away, and had missed the ferry for that day. In my past experience the calves tend to perish in a stranding and this was no different - at least 3 of the 17 Pilot Whales that perished were very young.
It was good to see that other members of the pod supported others newly returned to the water - often they have difficulty maintaining the right alignment in the water if they've been beached for a while.

The same pod has been seen on the other side of the Firth of Forth, and a lookout is being kept along both sides of the Firth.

Curiously enough there were 2 other mass strandings of Pilot Whales yesterday in other corners of the globe - could there be come common cause, geomagnetic perhaps?

Re: Fox n' Crocs

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:37 pm
by judith
Janet M wrote:
Curiously enough there were 2 other mass strandings of Pilot Whales yesterday in other corners of the globe - could there be come common cause, geomagnetic perhaps?


Do you mean something like this, Janet?
http://spaceweather.com/

Re: Fox n' Crocs

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:27 pm
by Janet M
I wonder just how much these solar events influence strandings? However in the Firth of Forth mass stranding there was seismic mapping going on off the Fife coast at the same time.

On a happier note during todays lull between tail ends of hurricanes (Kyle most recently, Leslie to come) I was able to spend time at Tiumpan Head this afternoon and saw a solitary Risso's Dolphin leaping about a mile south of my vantage point, then a couple of Minke Whales much closer in.

Now battening down for the next blow. Geomagnetic activity or not, its much too cloudy to see anything.

Re: Birds and Bees

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:38 pm
by Janet M
Philellinas wrote:I would be careful how you describe your sightings, Janet. Those of us who live inland are envious of your cetacean and avian reports.


You are quite right in pulling me up about this - once upon a time when I lived in England's Midlands, I would drive for hours just to get a glimpse of the sea let alone any of its creatures. Oh the dangers of seeing these things from your front windows!

I haven't seen any cetacea in the last couple of days - they are probably still there, however the sea state is not favourable as there are just too many pointy fin-shaped waves. I did see a Golden Eagle being mobbed. and the Bewick's swan that has spent all summer on Loch an-t-Tiumpan.

Re: Fox n' Crocs

PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:55 am
by Janet M
Its rough and getting rougher here so was lucky to see 4 porpoises in the lee of the land. There was a pair of Goldeneye on the loch, regular winter migrant but this is very early.

From the land

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:13 pm
by Janet M
Looking out to sea from Tiumpan Head this morning I saw Bottlenosed, Risso's and Common Dolphins and a Minke Whale plus, and this is very late in the year, two Basking Sharks. Today was the first time in weeks that the sea state was kindly enough to allow me to see the beasties that are probably there most of the time.

Ferry Crossing plus

PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:20 pm
by Janet M
Lovely crossing this morning from Stornoway to Ullapool, calm seas, 3 separate pods of common dolphin; long tailed, arctic and great skua, and lots of gannet. Once on land I saw a Red Squirrel dash across the road near Corrieshalloch, plus Red Kite and Golden Eagle on a glorious drive down to Glasgow. Sadly this lovely weather is coming to an end and I expect my return journey on Friday to be rather lumpy

Ferry crossing plus

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:13 pm
by Janet M
Image

No I was not sailing over to Mordor last week

Wonderful sighting

PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:23 pm
by Janet M
This morning I saw something fantastic: A White Tailed Eagle soared overhead and I watched it circling slowly for a few minutes then it swooped down and plucked something from the sea before flying off with it.
I've been wanting to see that for ages - am very happy!