Oot and aboot on the south side of Blair
Today I thought I’d go for a more leisurely wander towards the kettle lochs of Stormont and Hare’s Myre. Kettle lochs are really just glorified dubs (puddles) formed by retreating glaciers. So, firstly I popped down the back steps off Balmoral rd to the river to be pleasantly surprised with a trio of Goosanders, a Grey Heron and a Grey wagtail
I’m sure this particular Heron is the main culprit for emptying my pond of fish, beggar took my prize carp which was weighing in at 2lb!!!! Hey ho though. After spending a wee bit of time at the river, I ventured along to Davie Park, nothing much doing tbh other than the mallards and this family of Coots
So, southwards I headed along Welton rd, popped down to the river there
and saw a robin and wagtail having a right go at each other
After having a right good look about and watching the pup testing his skills for the doggy olympics
I headed towards Brucefield rd. On the way, I saw this young Bullfinch
I was actually hoping to see some Roe and squirrels along this section, but though I did see a couple of Roe, my trigger finger wasn’t quick enough on the camera. No squirrels either! So along Golf Course rd I went and saw these wee spuggies
After traveling through the wood at Stormont loch I went to the east end and was chuffed to see this wee Dunnock…….
a wee wren…..
a skein of Canada geese overhead…..
and a Blue tit
I really like this edge of the loch as it usually offers up a lot of warblers. I did see a couple of Willow Warblers, but no matter how I tried I couldn’t get a picture. I did get this young Blackcap though….
Around the loch I went until I got to the south side, to be greeted by the honking of the Canada Geese. Overall there must have been 250-300 birds
Along with as many coots as I’ve seen and 100 plus Mute swans
and a Great Crested Grebe
Traveling west and northwards around the loch there was nothing much else showing face, though the jays were giving it big licks but typically unsighted. From the loch I traveled westwards parallel with the golf course hoping to see a Green Woodpecker
However, not to be on this occasion.
However, there was this tree that had a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in it earlier in the year, it was actually quite funny walking past it, as you could hear the youngsters drumming away inside of it from quite a distance.
One other thing in the wood, was a vast and plentiful array of mushrooms and the like, some of them quite spectacular.
So I headed towards the White Loch, as I was walking I got a great view of Benachally and the hills to the west
Other than a few tufties
there was nothing to see on the loch itself but I did see a wee treecreeper
After circling round Darroch and Ardblair woods, I headed up the Weasley rd and saw this Buzzard overhead
I’ve had better pics of a buzzard
Anyway, homeward bound and I must admit I got a wee bit downhearted when I noticed the changing colours of the leaves and this conker lying on the ground
But seeing this wee Robin and a family of spugs made me smile
So, even though I thought I hadn’t seen much on my 5 hr wander today, looking back I had quite a pleasant day