Friday, 23 December 2011

Foulis and Ferry Point...

My girlfriend and I finally had a day free from any coursework, college or work but the weather was wet and fairly miserable so we decided to go to the Storehouse of Foulis for coffee and a bite to eat. Afterwards the weather had brightened up considerabley so we decided to go for a walk down at Ferry Point giving me a chance to do a bit of birdwatching too.

The tide was just starting to go out and large numbers of grey geese were coming in to land, again too far away for ID and the light was really poor. A quick scan around at the point held the usual gulls, Redshank, Wigeon, Carrion Crows and single male Goldeneye.

We then decided to take a walk up the East side of the River Peffery. Wood Pigeons and Blackbirds were numerous as were Robins. One of the residential Buzzards put in an appearance flying over our heads. Great Tits, Blue Tits and Chaffinches were also present. Then came the ticks. Teal on the river and Treecreeper and Goldcrest in the surrounding trees were enjoyed but the highlight of the walk came from a small group of 6 Yellowhammer, not only a site tick but a life tick for me and a bird I had wanted to see for sometime but did not expect it today.

Anyway this is my last blog til after Christmas so Merry Christmas, hope you have a good one!

Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella

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