Saturday, 22 June 2013

A quiet time

We haven't been out and about much over the last couple of weeks, catching up on some jobs around the house. When we have been out it's been a bit quiet but that's's been a year since I suffered my heart attack ..........I'm fine now and very pleased that I'm still here to enjoy and share the wonders of nature.
Spotted Flycatcher at Swainby
GSW a first for our garden
Lime Hawk Moth in the back garden
4-spot Chaser

 Broad bodied Chasers (male and female)

Small Heath

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A short video of Capercaille

Click on link below to watch video of this stunning bird.

Pair of Osprey at  the not so famous site giving much better views from a picnic area (and you don't have to watch them through a scope) 
Stunning Whinchat on Osmotherly moor today.
Pied Flycatchers enjoying the hot sunny weather

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Aviemore Adventure

Just returned from a few days in Nethey Bridge.  We stayed at a great self catering for two at Balliefurth Farm, just outside of the village.
The weather was not too bad, most days calm with some sunshine some days.  We even managed to get up the mountain on a clear day.  There is still snow which made it very picturesque.
This was my favourite day as we found 3 Ptarmigan and a pair of Dotterel just scanning from the viewing area at the restaurant at the top.
Crested Tits were easy to find and if we had struggled you could always see them on the feeders at the Osprey Centre, if you waited a while they always came.
A Capercaille was showing very near to the road from the village most of the days we were there.
Capercaille -

 Crested Tit
 Black-throated Diver - Lochindorb
 Slavonian Grebe - Loch Ruthven
Common Buzzard

 Common Sandpiper

Red Kite (tag D9) - Loch Ruthven
 Wheatear - the only one we saw all week
 Lesser Redpoll - feeding in cottage garden
 Common Redstart - a lot of them about
Siskin - everywhere
Red Grouse
Common Gull - destroying every Grouse nest in sight.
Short-eared Owl
Osprey on nest - loch Garten
Wood Warbler (a good find)
 Roe Deer