A single Raven was stretching and preening on the dome of the institute for five minutes at 09:00 before returning to the nest. Later, one of the pair was in the tree next to the observatory at 18:20, surrounded by about 25 Jackdaws. It cronked once and the Jackdaws scattered. It then flew off low to the south east. In between, a Grey Heron was fishing under the main bridge in central Paisley. This evening, two Goosanders were roosting on the bank of the river just behind the estate.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The first singing Willow Warbler was heard locally today. However a particularly heavy workload meant no natural connections.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A single Raven was in the first tree south west of Coats Observatory at 07:30 before it flew off strongly to the south west.
A Sparrowhawk passed the tower of Coats Memorial Church at 11:50.
A single Raven was on the dome of the John Neilson Institute at 11:45. A second bird then dropped down from nest and alighted on the other side of dome. Some interaction took place (not easy to see) before one bird, then the other, flew off.
A Dipper and a Grey Wagtail were on the river in front of Paisley Town Hall.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Singing Robins and prospecting Lesser Black-backed Gulls were the main features of a lunchtime walk up Lyle Hill.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Lots of birdsong in Figgate Park, Edinburgh this afternoon. Fourteen Goosanders on the pond seemed a good total.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
A walk around Ardmore Point this morning found beautiful, calm seas and fair numbers of birds, highlights as follows:
At least 24 Slavonian Grebes, at least 36 Red-throated Diver, four Black Guillemots, twelve Great-crested Grebes, a single Long-tailed Duck and single male Tufted Ducks at two places (the first time I have seen this species here). Land birds included a singing Chiffchaff and two Ravens.
Back home, a Chiffchaff was singing outside the house for the second day. An evening walk along the river produced a Kingfisher and at least three Moorhens (including two courting).
Friday, March 24, 2017