Saturday, 22 February 2020

More waxwings!

The waxwings returned the next day (Thursday) - 55 of them this time. I've only just looked at the photos and picked these two: the one with the bird’s back to camera showing its yellow and red markings (not the berry getting in the way!) illustrates why they are called waxwings; and the second photo shows how they acrobatically twist upside down to get to the berries! Oh and by the way, the local sparrowhawk is regularly hunting around the garden hoping for a colourful meal!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Waxwings are back

We've had a few visits from the waxwing this year, mainly in ones and twos.  This morning 25 stopped over for a rest.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Winter Thrushes

You might have noticed the influx of 'winter thrushes' in your gardens, eating all the berries! Redwings and Fieldfare arrive around this time of year from the continent, but so too do a large number of Blackies and Robins. Here's a few pics from my garden - note the redness under the wing and the eyestripe of the Redwing, and the grey (ish) head of the Fieldfare.

 Fieldfare top and two redwings

 Look at the red marks under the wing and the very distinctive strip above the eye.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Swallow Migration

You've probably noticed the swallows congregating on the telegraph wires in preperation for their long migration back to warmer climes in Africa.  Some are still raring their young (probably 2nd or 3rd broods).  For some the journey starts earlier this month, but others can hang around until October.  UK birds travel as far as South Africa and Namibia on a six week journey that takes them over France, Spain and Morocco and then the Sahara Desert and the Conga rainforest!

This one was photgraphed near Conicaval today.
They are daytime flyers covering around 320km (200miles) each day, and roost in large flocks in their traditional stop over spots in reed-beds at night.  Luckily the swallow hasn't got to fatten up before they set off as they feed on the wing, catching flying insects.

(Thanks to the RSPB for the info).

Oh - and here's a flying insect I found in my garden.  No idea what it's called!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Painted Lady - more facts and close up photos.

I just wanted to show you the Painted Lady's tongue!  The black thing between the two antennae.  Apparently it's called proboscis (thanks google).  And look at those beady eyes - 10,000 lenses in there!  The last time we had a large eruption, 200, there were 11million recoded!  Now, don't get me onto how they count these events, but it's a pretty big number!

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Painted Lady Eruption

The lovely Painted Lady Buterfly is on its once in a decade eruption into Scotland from Europe.  Expect to see lots of these in your garden over the next few weeks.  Here's a few photos from my back garden today.

And here's some kind of hovver fly - any ideas what it is please?

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Rare Rose Coloured Starling visits Nairn

Following an unusually large eruption of Rose Coloured Starlings hitting the UK this year, one has honoured us by its presence in Nairn!  It's been pottering around gardens by the cemetry for a few days now, mixing with the other birds around the gardens. This is the 12th sighting in Moray and Nairn since records began; that sounds pretty rare to me!

I couldn't get to where it was showing, so well done Kate for such a good, clear photo.  I did manage to see it on a telegraph wire.  That was good enugh for me!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sparrowhawk Breakfast

Just watched this beauty having its breakfast!

Monday, 25 February 2019


Great to see the Waxwings back in town. Eleven of them stripping this tree bare in Achareidh. It was a bit dull today, so I'll be back to try to get a better photo.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

River Walk in the Sunshine

A few photos from a walk along the river in today's glorious warm sunshine! Testing my new, and much lighter camera.  Good fun!