Was a lovely bright morning albeit chilly and with work getting done in the house this week I decided to go a wee wander up to Barons Haugh..hubby had to stay home and work so called upon my darling daughter who quickly agreed to join me as she had a day off..woohoo....new walking boots finally came out the box!
So upon arrival about 10ish was a few cars in the car park but no birds around so off we went down the path to the hides
Lots of lovely sounds on the way...could hear blue tits, great tits and a woodpecker...was thinking have they bloody followed me up here from the garden lol
We stopped near the bottom of the hill as we could see movement in a tree...
A couple of creepers
It was a 1st for my daughter so she was pleased
Bottom of the hill.... this field is usually a wild meadow in Spring (Am wishing it was Spring)
So into the 1st hide and absolutely heehaw!
Lovely sunshine though but a bitter wind also!
So off to the next hide...sun was blinding so it was hard to see and most birds were quite far away...
IDSs welcome as too dark for me to tell!
Even they looked cold!
It was really quiet no even another birder around so off we went to see if we could spot the otters and low and behold we found a few other birders by the river Clyde ....mmm wonder what they see me was thinking so we found a we clearance just before where they all were and a 1st for me....
Little Grebe well that's what am guessing?
And then there were 2...
And a Goosander
Goosander heading back up river
Didn't see this sneaky buggar before or after I took the pic!!
(Am guessing it's a Cormorant)
Socially distant Canada Geese paddle by
It seems all the action was in the Clyde but we decided to try another hide just behind where all the birders where standing, I found out as we passed they were all waiting for the Kingfishers..enjoy your wait guys I have them on canvas in my house heeehee
So up the steps we went into the hide and lots to see..
No idea what but its laughing
And more with a tufty?
Black headed gull
My favourite pics of the day
Someone having a big splash!
And a lovely coot
Time to call it a day and head home for a much needed cuppa...but couldn't resist a couple more shots on the river lol
And then had to stop again!!!
Mr & Mrs Bully having their lunch
Bird of prey...Kestrel?
And that concludes our couple of hours in the fresh air.
Oh it was so so good to get out...sorry for all the pics but there was so much to see!
Hope you all enjoyed and thanks in advance for IDs ;-)
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
Oh, what a lovely set Linda, so glad yo finally got some sunshine
I think your ducks are Gadwall, if the light is right on them they have wonderfully intricate patterning on their plumage, Trevor got a couple recently I think but I can't remember which thread, soz.
Love the bullies (I saw my first one in ages yesterday... in the drizzle)
Thanks for sharing :o)
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
A brilliant set of photos of a super sunny day and congratulations to your daughter on her first tree creeper, even if it was bitter cold, and as someone said to me not too long back, you can never take and share too many photos.
Using your photos for reference, and they are only few guesses at the ID's, though there is one I'm confident on.
They look like shoverlor ducks to me,
I'm confident on little grebe
Yep, teal (M)
Many thanks for sharing, and if I'm wrong, we'll both learn something.
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Cheers Internetman the BOP was quite far away hence the crap pic lol....kiss curl bums ...well that's a new one for me lol...
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