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Knot... or not?

Aberlady Bay in October - originally assumed these were sandpipers but looking at other pictures, I think sandpipers have darker legs. So, are they knots?

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by denfinella
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Knot... or not?
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Cramond Island

Thanks both! We went out to the island this morning (it's still open) and also had a wander along the River Almond.

We did the walk to Queensferry in February, using the bus to get back. With hindsight it was a good time to squeeze in a walk using public transport!
by denfinella
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cramond Island
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Cramond Island

Anyone know if the causeway to Cramond Island is still blocked off?

We haven't been there for several years and it's getting harder to come up with new places to visit within Edinburgh council area :wink:
by denfinella
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:14 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cramond Island
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Bird of prey, Ben Venue

Ben Venue in late September - buzzard I think? One of a pair, both screeching away.

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by denfinella
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird of prey, Ben Venue
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Colourful insect

That looks about right, thanks!
by denfinella
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:02 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Colourful insect
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Colourful insect

I saw this curious thing scuttling across the path on Hedgehope Hill (Cheviots) this summer. By the time I'd got the camera out it was busy burrowing into the ground, with just a small part visible. Any ideas what it was? I think it had quite a long, thin body.

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by denfinella
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Colourful insect
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Bird on Lowther Hill

Thank you!

I wonder if I'll remember that next time I see one? :lol:
by denfinella
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird on Lowther Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Bird on Lowther Hill

I see these birds quite often but I'm not sure what they actually are! This one was on the ascent of Lowther Hill.

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by denfinella
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird on Lowther Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Cairngorms in October with younger walkers

Lots of good suggestions here. I would add the Northern Corries circuit to the mix, if you get a reasonable weather day.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/cairngorm.shtml

Edit: apologies - I see that's already been suggested by Gythral under a different hyperlink.
by denfinella
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cairngorms in October with younger walkers
Replies: 15
Views: 846

Re: Have the Glencoe midges been that bad this year?

I've heard that the midges are particularly bad this year, though haven't experienced that myself. But the midge forecast pretty much solidly forecasts 5/5 for Glencoe and Fort William every summer. Also, it depends on where the midge traps are which make the forecasts. The one on Skye is in Portree...
by denfinella
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:35 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Have the Glencoe midges been that bad this year?
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: Blue Door, Rocks of Solitude - Edzell

Hi, glad to hear the route is passable - the last time I was there (in 2019) the path up the west bank of the River North Esk had a big fence blocking the path at a point where it was difficult to get round. This was to enforce the "path closed because of landslide" restriction. Has that ...
by denfinella
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Blue Door, Rocks of Solitude - Edzell
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Deer Keds

According to the study above "Host-seeking deer keds were observed from early August to mid-November with a marked peak in late September. " So the worst is yet to come :shock: :shock: :shock: Brace for impact! Yep, I've generally found that the progression is tick --> midge --> ked, with...
by denfinella
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:25 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deer Keds
Replies: 14
Views: 811

Re: Deer Keds

Ooo yes, they do occasionally bite, and if they properly get to work they'll shed their wings and stay there. I think someone else said that they'll only bite if they mistake you for a deer. I found one on the back of my neck in the shower, after a day out in the Trossachs in October 2019. I don't t...
by denfinella
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deer Keds
Replies: 14
Views: 811

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome to Walkhighlands! :)
by denfinella
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Say hello...
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: Walking in the heat

gingerwoods wrote:Thanks, I’ll show this to the sixteen year olds who are trying to persuade me to postpone.

Cheers


Are you sure they're not just trying to get out of doing a walk? :lol:
by denfinella
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:51 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Walking in the heat
Replies: 5
Views: 348
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