Saturday, 20 May 2017

Mull

From White Tailed Sea Eagles, to Lapwings running for protection under the mothers wing: Mull is a wonderful place!  We watched them attacking a family of Greylag geese whilst the Lapwings ran for cover.  Fantastic.







Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wrens along the river

A lovely walk along the river this morning and I've at last caught a wren on film!  It's such a small bird that flits all over the place, it's proved pretty much impossible to get the photo.  Today they were singing all along the river so I just sat still and observed until I noticed one making a nest - and managed to get a few acceptable photos.  Also pictured is a treecreeper on a near-bye tree, and flying to catch a fly.









Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Spring has arrived - and so has the willow warbler.

The beautiful weather has got me out with my binoculars and camera again - that's not to say I haven't always got them with me! But a walk along the river and the Links resulted in a few nice snaps.

The first two are of a migrating bird that arrived a few weeks ago and has filled the air with its lovely cascading song ever since: the willow warbler. This one was photographed on top of a gorse bush at the Links (and it looks like a fly is on the end of its bill!). Behind it Kate spotted a common sandpiper running along the beach - and thankfully it avoided the tin can. Just up the river was a resting blackbird and a posing pied wagtail.
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Blackie

Pied Wagtail

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Walk in the Sunshine!

Spring has well and truly sprung today - what a beauty!  Here's a few pics from a walk along the river.


Male Goosander

Redshank

Oyster Catcher

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bullfinches

Here's a nice pair of visitors to the garden this morning. Bullfinches feeding on the dead leaves from the dogwood.




Friday, 10 February 2017

Brent Geese at the Links Cricket Pitch

Up to 80 Pale Bellied Brent Geese winter in Nairn every year, travelling from their breeding grounds in the Norwegian Artic Archipelago, Svalbard.



For some reason this year they've chosen to feed on the cricket pitch and the football pitch at The Links.  Their usual feeding area is on the eel grasses on the shoreline around the golf course and along to the pool.  A friend has suggested that these may have been covered by the moving sands, and so the geese have been forced onto the pitches to feed on the grass.


 
Hopefully they will not be put off returning to Nairn, and we see them back on the beach next year, where they have been a regular source of interest for bird watchers in the area.



Thursday, 26 January 2017

Waxwings

The waxwings are still popping up here and there.  Here's three from the garen this morning.



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Brent Geese on the Footie Pitch (and some Bar Tailed Godwit)

Yet another beautiful day in Nairn today, so I went down to the golf course to see what was on the beach.  First sighting was of this pair of Bar Tailed Godwits feeding with Oyster Catchers.
The Godwits are the paler birds


Then over to the Links to look for the Brent geese that I've been told have been feeding on the cricket pitch.  Well I was too late for that as a dog had just chased them off, but I saw them on the footie pitch instead.  It's quite a new venture for them (I think).  Normally they feed off the eel grasses on the beach.  But a friend tells me tat the latest sand movements have covered these grasses, and now they look to have found a suitable replacement!

I sat for two (getting colder) hours waiting for them to fly - but had to settle for the Oyster Catchers flying over their heads instead.





Sunday, 15 January 2017

Little Grebe


This little beauty is still showing well on the river just around the Merryton (Sewage) Bridge. It's been around for a good six weeks (or more) now. It's the one that keeps diving just as you're trying to focus on it, and then pops back up miles away!






Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Little Grebe on the river

Freinds have told me to look out for the little grebe around the A96 bridge - and sure enough, there it was giving some good views as it kept diving for food.  It's a very small diving duck, with beautiful plumage in the breeding season.  It seems to have been around for quite a while, so very likely to see it again.  As ever, a robin popped out to say hello as I was wandering down the path!