Monthly Archives: May 2013

Birds of the Western Isles – Benbecula

Continuing this series of short blogs, we visited Benbecula a couple of times during the week’s holiday. There is a fabulous beach with well over a mile of sand and with thousands of tons of the most amazing variety of … Continue reading

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Birds of the Western Isles – North Uist

This is the first of a series of short blogs about our recent week’s holiday (18 – 25 May) on the Uists, during which we saw 79 species of birds. This first blog relates to North Uist; others will cover … Continue reading

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Of willow warblers, whitethroat and goldcrest

  Continuing interest from my walks during a year-long wildlife crime survey in 2011/12   Saturday 12 May 2012.  Weather:  Sunny, but with occasional cloud cover. Wind brisk though moderated as the day progressed. Pleasant. Part 2 Further down the … Continue reading

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An incubating mallard disturbed, and a young black rabbit

    Continuing my walks on a wildlife survey of a Highland Perthshire estate during 2011/2012 Saturday 12 May 2012.  Weather:  Sunny, but with occasional cloud cover. Wind brisk though moderated as the day progressed. Pleasant. Part 1 The oystercatcher … Continue reading

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Scabby Squirrel no more

  Of the three squirrels that have been in the garden since last July or August, the most regular has been Scabby Squirrel. Scabby got his name because of a very heavy moult, which left a large chunk of his … Continue reading

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Fallow deer, redstarts, a tawny owl and a peregrine

Saturday 5 May 2012.  Weather:  Sunny, but cold wind first thing, with temperature of only 4 degrees.  Wind moderated and day had warmed up by 10 a.m., and was at 10 degrees by midday. Part 2 I circled the wood … Continue reading

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Nesting oystercatchers and summer migrants

    Continuing accounts of my wildlife survey on a Highland Perthshire estate during 2011/12.   Saturday 5 May 2012.  Weather:  Sunny, but cold wind first thing, with temperature of only 4 degrees.  Wind moderated and day had warmed up … Continue reading

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