Roe Deer

Roe Deer hiding in the Barley field next to our house.

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Buzzards vs Crows

Last Sunday morning I watched a couple of Buzzards spend an hour or so pushing their luck with several Crows. Initially perching on the top of some fir trees some distance away they repeatedly kept advancing to an electricity pole nearer to where the Crows were nesting. Each time one of the Buzzards landed on the pole the Crows started harassing it in to retreating back to the fir trees.

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Spring 2016

This spring we have had a number of new visitors to the Garden.

At the beginning of may we had our first sighting of a Bullfinch. This little fellow was quite content chomping through the new buds on one of the trees at the back of the house. At the pond we have had a pair of Tufted Ducks visit early one morning, and we are now also starting to regularly see Red Legged Partridge

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Winter 2016

This Winter there has always been something that needed doing at the weekend which limited the opportunities of getting out with the camera.

There are a couple of fields close to the house which this year which have Highland Cattle, or ‘Hippy Cows’ as Agnes and all her family prefer to call them.

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A Kestrel in the Garden

Last Friday I spotted a Kestrel hovering at the edge of our garden. Its presence possibly explains the scattered feathers I have been finding on the ground over the last couple of weeks.

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Common Gulls at Glenbuchat

Early this morning I accompanied our friend Annie for a second time to help survey the Waders at Glenbuchat. Although there were plenty of Lapwing and Oystercatcher chicks, their parents were keeping them well away from any potential danger which invariably meant they were too far away to attempt a photograph as we were conducting the survey. A couple of the fields within the survey area also have quite sizeable numbers of breeding Common Gulls. As we approached these fields some of the adults took to the air to provide to provide a noisy warning to stay away from their young.

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Young Coal Tits

One evening last week, my plan was to spend about half an hour by the pond watching and listening to the birds. The half hour turned into nearly one and a half hours as I lost track of time watching two fledgling Coal Tits exploring their surroundings whilst their Parents kept appearing with meals of various insects for them.

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Reed Bunting

Although the Reed Bunting is one of the more common species of Bunting that is seen in the UK, this week was the first time I believe I have ever seen a Male Reed Bunting. From a distance the Reed Bunting resembles a House Sparrow, but when seen close to has a more colourful back and wings, streaked chest, black head and a longer tail.

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Flying Swans

A couple of days of reasonable weather this week provided the chance to try again to photograph the Swifts at the River Don. On both these occasions I failed to take a photograph of the Swifts but did manage to take some of the river’s much larger and slower residents, Mute Swans.

Personally I prefer seeing Swans in flight as it is only with their wings unfolded I feel that you truly get an impression of their size, a sight that is also accompanied by the noise of their wing feathers cutting through the air. To me the sound helps convey an impression of the power it needs to keep a bird this size in the air.

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Swifts at the Don

Earlier this week I spent about 40 minutes watching a group of Swallows, Swifts and House Martins performing aerobatics in their search for insects over the River Don at Dyce. Their speed and constant change in direction made trying to get a photograph of them a real challenge especially against a cloudy backdrop. Of the 200 or so photographs I took, only a handful were half decent and of those there were only three that I liked.

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