Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
At last, a cold, frosty day free from the thick cloud prevalent during the last week so I made a trip up to Hogganfield Loch in the Clyde region today to take advantage of the good light. There were few Goosander and Goldeneye around but the Whooper Swans provided good photographic subjects.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Along the disused railway line near Knockentiber, a deer carcass attracted two Ravens, two Buzzards and up to a dozen Magpies. Some counts along the line between Bonnyton and Springside included Bullfinch (10), Blackbird (62), Yellowhammer (40), Lesser Redpoll (3), Long-tailed Tit (15), Chaffinch (65), Redwing (41), and Fieldfare (16) as well as Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark among the commoner species. The flock of Tree Sparrows was still present near Springside, split in two groups in hedgerow on opposite sides of a large stubble field.
At Capringstone totals included: Wigeon (300+), Teal (110), Mallard (40+), Little Grebe (2), Curlew (106), Lapwing (35), The River Irvine between Holmsford Bridge and Shewalton produced Goosander (4), Red-breasted Merganser (m) and a Little Grebe.
We finished up at Irvine harbour with the usual suspects including Eider, Shelduck, Shag, Turnstone and Great Black-backed Gull
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Elsewhere: 7 Red-breasted Mergansers in freshwater on the River Irvine between Holmsford and the GSK factory; Goosander on the River Irvine at Gatehead; 320 Wigeon at Capringstone; Peregrine over Onthank PS and 31 Long-tailed Tits at Kilmarnock Academy this morning. Male Tufted Duck still on Kay Park pond.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
A pair of Shoveler were creating 'shoveling vortices' while both Black-headed Gull and Canada Gull helped themselves to the distrubed debris/food. Not quite kleptoparaitism, but certainly not doing any of the work.
Previous Round Pond Med shots here:
Saturday, December 06, 2008
... and now a few wild birds from today