June 2015

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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