Author: The Hairy Birder

Another Back To Back

Alice and I had another back to back ringing session at the pools at the Obs on Saturday and Sunday, and managed to ring another 75 birds over both days.Saturday dawned with full cloud cover, with a light north-easterly breeze. We got the nets up in th…

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Latvian Love Song

I’ve had two mornings of ringing at the pools yesterday and today, and it all started with a, or I should I say the, ‘Latvian love song’! The Latvian love song that I refer to, is a recording of Redwing song and calls that has proved over recent years …

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Norse Invaders With Red Wings

The winds were forecast to be a tad too strong for any ringing this morning, so I headed to the coastal farm fields at first light. I walked along the sea wall under two oktas cloud cover with a 10-15 mph east-notheasterly wind. The tide was still…

Migration Action In Miniature

I wasn’t sure what time the rain was going to come in this morning, the forecast wasn’t clear. Depending on which forecast you looked at, it could be around dawn, or an hour or two after. Was there a chance that it would drop a few birds in, or was tha…

Doing The Rounds

For the past two days I have been out at first light doing the rounds irrespective of the weather, because it is October after all! I joined a meeting of the Highland branch of the Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC) yesterday evening, via Zoom, to hear…

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North From Here

I headed to the cemetery for first light, although first light isn’t that early at this time year with sunrise just after 7:00 a.m., to look for grounded migrants. At first light, there was one okta cloud cover with a 10-15 mph NW wind. Grounded m…

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Short and Sweet

It ‘felt’ quiet this morning, as I walked along the sea wall to my sea-watching/vis mig point at the farm fields next to the school, within the Obs recording area. Sometimes it can feel quiet, and be the opposite, but this morning it felt quiet, and it…

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Two Different Days

Saturday morning was glorious, with clear skies and a light south-easterly wind, and as there was a tide, I headed to the Point for a bit of a sea and a vis watch. However, if I fast forward an hour and a half, I was walking away from the Point and I b…

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Back To Back

Sunday and Monday saw me having back to back ringing sessions at the pools; Sunday with Alice, and Monday on my own. On Sunday we had 4 oktas cloud cover, with a light easterly wind, and on Monday I had clear skies with a light southeasterly. However, …

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Two Fs and Two Bs

For one reason or another, Gail and I haven’t managed to get away for our usual week or two in Scotland, so this past week we had a few days out indulging Gail in her passion for history. Gail is the historian, and I’m the natural historian, or at leas…

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