Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We had a lovely walk with our local SOC on Saturday 26th April at Lochinch, Castle Kennedy. It looked as if it was going to be a washout in the morning, but by 2pm when we met up the sun was shining and it was quite warm. We managed to see a total of 49 species, 35 in the first hour.
I will try and list them all but may miss a few as this is from memory:
Pied wagtail, bluetit, great tit, willow tit, song thrush, robin, carrion crow, buzzard, peregrine, sparrowhawk, canada geese, greylag geese, cormorant, heron, gbb gull, lbb gull, herring gull, black headed gull, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, garden warbler, wood pidgeon, dunnock, pheasant, goldeneye duck, tufted duck, great crested grebe, mute swan, treecreeper, oystercatcher, fieldfare, great spotted woodpecker, jay, jackdaw, wren, goldcrest, blackbird, coal tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch etc.

Also plenty of butterflies about and we finished off with a red squirrel on the feeders by the car.
All in all an excellent afternoons birding with great weather and good company.

On Sunday 27th April managed to get a photo of this warbler just outside the kitchen window:

Also on Sunday, we have been watching a pair of pied wagtails collecting nesting material but to our dismay noticed the birds taking it under the wheel arch of our Freelander. We looked inside to find a well made nest which must have been there when we went out Saturday! Despite removing the nest and building them a pile of stones with a turf roof they are attempting to build in the car again. We have nest boxes everywhere, dry stone walls, piles of stones, log piles and tree stumps, but they would rather build in our car.

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