Monday, 26 October 2020

There are loads of winter thrushes around at the moment. Keep checking the trees as small flocks of them fly into the garden. They appear hesitant as they fly overhead looking for a perch, then crowd in to a tree. If you have berries on your trees - particularly Rowan trees - they will love your garden!

The first photo shows what they look like from a distance (Redwing and fieldfare). The second and third photos show how lovely the redwing is on closer inspection.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Delnies, Baby Robin and Garden Waste in bin bags!

Managed to spot this juv. Robin among the leaves at Delnies, along with someone's garden waste!  Including three bin bags of rubble!

Thursday, 7 May 2020

East Beach Path to Kingsteps

More Spring activity this afternoon - Reed buntings (first photo) and recent arrivals, whitethroats, singing among the reeds and gorse along the east beach path towards Kingsteps. They, like us, have certainly been making the most of the glorious weather.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Long Tailed Tit

These are lovely wee birds, often seen in large family groupings as they flit from tree to tree along the river or in the garden.  This one was unusually on its own along the River Nairn this afternoon, gathering food, probably for its young.  Most photos would show the tail and the bundle of fluff that is its body - but this one is full-on looking down the camera!

Friday, 1 May 2020

Magazines going, going....

Does any one fancy any of my spare bird magazines from SOC and BTO?  Free of charge and collection only.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

River Nairn's Heron

This beauty is on show every day by the Jubilee Bridge.  We all take a photo of the Nairn resident.  Look at the eye, and the vicious looking bill!  It'll be there tomorrow, and the next day.....

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!