Sunday, 13 March 2011

Off To Scotland For The Day

Last Friday had a day off so went over to Laurieston to see the Red Kites feeding.  Once again I trusted the BBC a bit too much with their weather forecast.   We first went for a walk in the Kern Dee Marshes, well it was a case of under a tree for 5mins whilst it tipped down then 5mins walking under the thickest clouds I have seen in a while.   We did see plenty including several White Fronted Geese but without a doubt the Oscar for the best performance by a Goose goes to the following Greylag who landed then walked around with chest out and wings unfurled for a couple of minutes.

We managed to get to one of the hides and sheltered in there for 30mins.  It was filled with Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches in unbelievable numbers.  They were queing up to get on the 4 peanut feeders.   Also seen were 2 Willow Tits, at least 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a couple of Nuthatches.

We eventually got to Bellymack Farm just as the skies really opened yet there was still 10 people there for the Red Kite feeding.  Most of the time was spent watching them although I did manage to get a couple of passable shots.  The size of the birds differed greatly and some of them seemed to be tag free.  We watched them for nearly 45 mins then most of them settled in trees and we were informed that they digest the first bits of food which takes about 10-15mins then they return for "pudding".

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