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Re: Golden plover?

Yup, Golden Plover, they can sound very eerie on the hills in the mist with their wailing call!
by thomsok
Mon May 27, 2019 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Golden plover?
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Clagged out on Sgritheall!

Staying in Arnisdale for a few days I did not want to miss the chance of a Munro right on my doorstep, the weather had been quite good but the still conditions was not helping to blow away the hilltop cloud and the forecast was not set to change. The best looking day dawned with no improvement, deci...
by thomsok
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:18 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Clagged out on Sgritheall!
Replies: 0
Views: 240

Wet and windy visit to Beinn Fhada!

Arrived early with a great deal of apprehension, got kitted up and set off with fingers crossed for the forecast improvement in the weather later in the morning. $matches[2] On to the path and the rain was holding off, very wet underfoot. $matches[2] Out of the trees, heading up towards the Bealach ...
by thomsok
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet and windy visit to Beinn Fhada!
Replies: 0
Views: 261

Re: Trips from Edinburgh

Hi,

I live in Dunfermline and always interested in arranging a walk or two!

Kelvin
by thomsok
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Meeting up, arranging trips and walking clubs
Topic: Trips from Edinburgh
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Grouse Moor primer- another perspective

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has gone to great lengths here to appear reasonable in the defense of their "Sport". However, reason is not something which tends to translate into actions to address some of the issues that arise from this activity. This sector goes to great lengths to...
by thomsok
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:28 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Grouse Moor primer- another perspective
Replies: 9
Views: 2353

Re: David Lintern's article

Driven grouse shooting is unsustainable (therefore need for medicated grit, exhaustive predator control and muirburn to maintain high numbers of grouse), uses a lead in cartridges which is a heavy metal which has all manner of environmental/health concerns (hence why it has been removed from many ev...
by thomsok
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Say hello...
Topic: David Lintern's article
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Re: Bird ID

I agree with most of the suggestions:

1. Wigeon
2. Little Grebe
3. Moorhen
4. Female Goosander (due to contrast between head and neck)
5. quite dumpy so I am leaning towards juv Wheatear or juv Stonechat
6. Golden Eagle
7 Common Buzzard
by thomsok
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird ID
Replies: 10
Views: 2214

Re: Bird with white tail ...

Well done!! Excellent pics. Neither of the birds appear to have tags which in the past SNH and RSPB have been fitting. Where abouts did you take the photos? We have two eyries and resident pairs near us in mid Argyll out on the Islands and another sight which has been abandoned this year, sadly. So...
by thomsok
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird with white tail ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2038

Re: Pleasant stroll through Glenmore Forest to Bynack More!

rockhopper wrote:Yup - it's a nice walk right enough - even better when the green loch is so calm - cheers :)


It was eerily still and very clear, obviously not much life in it!
by thomsok
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Pleasant stroll through Glenmore Forest to Bynack More!
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

Pleasant stroll through Glenmore Forest to Bynack More!

With an early arrival got parked easily at the back of Glenmore Lodge, got sorted out and hit the trail through the forest heading for the Ryovan Pass. The trail made for easy, quick walking through the forest on a gently undulating route. Some really nice examples of forest regeneration to be seen ...
by thomsok
Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Pleasant stroll through Glenmore Forest to Bynack More!
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

Re: Partner wanted for Munros THIS Friday & Saturday (7th &

I am looking to get out on Saturday, what other hills have you still to do?
by thomsok
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:41 am
 
Forum: Meeting up, arranging trips and walking clubs
Topic: Partner wanted for Munros THIS Friday & Saturday (7th & 8th)
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: Saturday 17th Sep (Getting High)

Hi,

Can't do this Saturday but need to get out soon, so let me know if you have any other dates in mind!
by thomsok
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Meeting up, arranging trips and walking clubs
Topic: Saturday 17th Sep (Getting High)
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: Bird of prey ID

Just a Common Buzzard!
by thomsok
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird of prey ID
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: Bird Identification please

Dunlin for me. I agree that their plumage is very similar if you can't see the size of the bird, but the bird in these pics has a straight bill - that was the decider for my choice. With this bird being in summer plumage with a black belly, the Dunlin as well as having a curved bill is more red/rus...
by thomsok
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bird Identification please
Replies: 9
Views: 1742

Re: Merlins in Glen Lyon

Well done, hard enough bird to see let alone photograph. There will be plenty young birds moving around at the moment although Glen Lyon has plenty suitable habitat for it be a local bird!
by thomsok
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Merlins in Glen Lyon
Replies: 6
Views: 1736
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