Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Banding in the Garden

Had a few hours spare this morning so threw up a net to see what was about, nothing special.  A few Fieldfare passing high over head also quite a lot of high flying flocks of Woodpigeon.

Coal Tit




Saturday, 19 November 2011

A trio of Ptarmigan

We awoke to a stunning sunrise this morning, the picture has been cropped but is otherwise as we saw it.

A nice visit to Speyside today, highlight was three Ptarmigan on Cairngorm.

Even by my standards the following pictures are poor :-)

No not a white rock, it is a Ptarmigan!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Siskin are back!

Fairly quiet day today, couple of hours ringing in the garden produced the usual Great, Blue and Coal Tits a few House Sparrows, two Robins and a single Siskin.

Plenty of Siskin and Goldfinch in area but all stayed high in nearby trees.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Birding Ecosse strikes Gold!

It was just one of those days, brilliant company, stunning Scottish scenery enhanced by beautiful autumnal sunshine, and a bucket load of Golden Eagles (well three to be exact!)

All were juveniles and the one that gave best views had to be the one where I didn't have my camera!

The pics are a very poor effort but I will be back in the very near future to see if I can get any decent images.

Juvenile (1st Winter) Golden Eagle

Good numbers of Buzzard and Kestrel, Fieldfare and Redwing and also appearing were Mountain Goat and a large and noisy herd of Red deer.

A big thanks goes to Jackie, who picked up the first two eagles (I was being mother and making the coffee and tea!)  And to newlyweds Nick and Tracey!! (Aye newlywed 26 years ago!!) for being such good company.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A collection of Tits.

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

A nice day ringing in my garden, nothing out of the ordinary but just a really nice autumnal day and perfect ringing weather.

Bird of the day was Blue tit V332822 caught today aged as 4 (adult) Female  wing 63 weight 10.7g originally ringed 22 January 2008 as a 4 (adult) Female wing 63 weight 11.0g.