Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Pete found this horn preserved in the mud on the edge of the burn. We spoke to a local farmer and he said it was probaby from a Longhorn but would have been there for some considerable time. Not quite treasure but interesting all the same!
Off up the Southern Upland way and we watched this Buzzard protecting its prey, then trying to carry it off but it was too big, a rabbit I think.
Starlings, Fieldfares and Redwings were making a racket in the trees and we caught a brief glimpse of a Red Squirrel in the conifers
Friday, March 19, 2010
A walk along the River Luce to St Helena.
Not a great day for photography but plenty of birds about
Hundreds of geese flying overhead.
The tide was well out so most of the waders and ducks were a long way out so difficult to identify although there were dozens of Shelduck
We were just returning to our car when a lady stopped in her car and wound her window down, realising we were wildlife watchers she told us to go up by the old railway line in the woods. She had gone to walk her dog but seen that there were Red Squirrels so decided not to disturb them!We could see no sign of the squirrels as another (less caring) dog walker had beaten us to it, Having not been into these woods before we walked a little further and caught a glimpse of several Jays
A brief stop in Stranraer on the way home to get some shopping and plenty of Black Headed Gulls at the harbour and the sun had come out!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
A cold winters day up on the Southern Upland Way doing a TTV for the BTO Bird Atlas
Stopped on the way near Castle Kennedy to scan the geese for anything unusual. There was a mix of mostly greylag with some whitefronts and barnacles.
We crept up slowly on this loch as we had seen large numbers of teal here previously but today it was frozen and no signs of life
We then came across 3 roe deer crossing our path. We stopped and whilst observing a dog walker (the only other person seen that day) caught up with us and asked what we were watching. We pointed out the deer and he watched for a while with us whilst his old dog showed no interest and drank from the burn. He then said goodbye and wished us happy birding whilst turning back as he did not wish to disturb the wildlife we were watching-now that makes a very refreshing change!!
There ae lovely dry stane dykes alongside this path, usually alive with wrens, but not many about today