Bits and Bobs over the last month
Well, the last month or so has been a trying one to say the least but I won’t dwell on that. Thankfully I have been able to focus on more positive things such as the local wildlife. This post is going to be a bit helter-skelter as far as dates are concerned but hopefully you will enjoy it.
As usual, I have been following my local family of beavers and it is really pleasing to note that all 4 animals have pulled through the wet winter we have had, even wee Pip the young kit we caught last year seems to have flourished. The floods we had down at the Ericht were almost Biblical in proportion, with the river totally bursting her banks and on top of the flood bank, there was a sea of water 2ft deep. On one such evening I decided to venture down with my waders and have a look. Sure enough the river was trully awesome and no chance of seeing the beaver family……..how wrong could I be? There, under the bridge at my feet were 2 adult beavers sheltering in the lade away from the torrent that was the Ericht. Too dark for photos but pleasing to see them anyway.
As the days went by I managed to get out and about to various places. My pal Rhona had given me a shot of a camera with a whopping big lens, so the world was my oyster, or not as the case may be. I don’t think I did the camera justice but you guys can be the judge of that. Anyway, one of the places I have managed to escape to was Balgavies loch, between Forfar and Friockheim. Quality viewing there of the ospreys and the pic below is of the male with a fish. I did tell you the pics weren’t great lol.
Right in front of the hide this wee beauty appeared, really chuffed at seeing this up close as well
There were the usual fare of Chaffinch and tits there as well plus a brief appearance from a Red Squirrel but a group of walkers scared him off before I could get a picture. Other birds on the loch that I spotted were a pair of Gadwal, Greylags (which were getting a hard time from the Osprey), Tufties and Goldeneye among others.
I had a breif weekend excursion to Lunan Bay where I saw these beautiful Fulmars
Another place I like to visit is Kinnordy and I was lucky enough to see this male Marsh Harrier there.
He was quartering the reeds for some time before being joined by an Osprey. Typically I was in one hide watching him fly over…..
then disappear eastward. I then had a wander down to the hide only to discover that I had just missed him catching a fish…..
That will be typicalof my luck. However I did get a wee pic of a Goldcrest, gorgeous wee birdies 2nd smallest bird in the UK after the Firecrest I believe
Other things spotted were …….
So, alll in all,it was a good visit especially the 2 raptors.
Anther place I have been recently was Cockrage moor where I saw these these guys….
I was really chuffed at getting the latter, first ever time I had seen one. Also spotted were a small herd of Fallow which are always lovely to see
I must admit I was disappointed at not seeing any Hen Harriers, but I haven’t seen them on the moor for a couple of years now. Regardless though, it is still a lovely walk.
I popped out to Stormont loch one day with the pup and got this Jay, always a bonus
and a Great Crested Grebe
Other sightings this month have been predominately at the river or loch and that is where I’ll end this post, with recent sightings of all things river or loch related and some of my sightings, hope you enjoy
And the story wouldn’t be complete without a beaver pic or 2…..
Catch you next time and I’ll try to be a bit more up to date