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Re: Stay at home

I'm in a similar situation with respect to the Lakes. The interesting question is what will happen to self-catering cottages, which supply a high proportion of accommodation in the Lakes. On the face of it there seems to be no reason these shouldn't reopen well ahead of hotels & restaurants - t...
by denfinella
Tue May 12, 2020 2:52 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 33756

Re: Not in the original plan

Sometimes a rapid change in weather isn't part of the original plan. Among my own walks, perhaps the most vivid example was on the unassuming Mount Battock, Angus on 22 May 2013. The forecast was benign, and for the ascent we were blessed with the expected sunshine and no wind: $matches[2] Around th...
by denfinella
Mon May 11, 2020 12:14 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Not in the original plan
Replies: 14
Views: 1345

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Bump. Any thoughts on the photo above? :)
by denfinella
Sun May 10, 2020 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

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We thought this was a wren on our local wander today, but... is the head the right colour?
by denfinella
Sat May 09, 2020 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Woodpecker

Nice pic. Likewise, I've heard a few but haven't had a sighting this year yet.
by denfinella
Sat May 09, 2020 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Woodpecker
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

We think this is a willow warbler, but open to suggestions! I think you are right, based on the pale leg colour and yellowish appearance. Helpful guide here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wixRxZ94dMc Thanks, that is an excellent video. I find the birds are much easier to tell apart in actual pho...
by denfinella
Wed May 06, 2020 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Something newish yesterday - we combined a long-overdue trip to the Asian supermarket in Slateford with our daily (not actually daily!) exercise, which meant a slightly different start point from usual. A few of the avian highlights / ones where IDs would be welcome: 1. This song thrush was absolute...
by denfinella
Wed May 06, 2020 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Weird goose is, I think, an Egyptian Goose. Little brown bird, I agree, is a Female Chaffinch. The Greylag could be partially leucistic, an abnormality the bird hatches with and stays for life when some of its feathers are white, not albinism which is total lack of pigment. Quite common in blackbir...
by denfinella
Wed May 06, 2020 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Days without rain

Thanks all, that's exactly what I was looking for. Using the Gogarbank data it hasn't rained since 10-11 April, but even that was only a fraction of a mm. You have to go back to the 26-27 March for more than that (2 mm!), or to 16-17 March for a whopping 9 mm of rain. Early spring is usually a reaso...
by denfinella
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Days without rain
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Days without rain

Perhaps time's just passing more slowly during lockdown, but it seems like it's been an exceptionally long time since we last had any rain here in Edinburgh, especially given the time of year (not the middle of summer). Not only that, but it seems to have been sunny for most of the day, almost every...
by denfinella
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Days without rain
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks both. As for the goose - I'm going for juvenile greylag goose for now, unless anyone thinks otherwise?

A few more photos added to the list in the first post.
by denfinella
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:47 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks for the pics / lists everyone! I've a couple more (poor) shots from today's wander which hopefully you can help identify - probably nothing too exciting though. 1. One of those unidentifiable small brown birds... $matches[2] $matches[2] $matches[2] 2. Possibly a greylag goose crossed with som...
by denfinella
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625

Re: Wildlife on Wanders

Absolutely wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them with us!
by denfinella
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:15 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Wildlife on Wanders
Replies: 18
Views: 1188

Re: Lockdown wanderings - Braid Hills and Blackford Hill

We've pretty much done all of your route, in bits, over our last few lockdown walks! :lol:
by denfinella
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Lockdown wanderings - Braid Hills and Blackford Hill
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

The main (and not 100% reliable) visual distinction is leg colour (Chiffchaff dark, Willow Warbler light) - but I can't make out the legs in your shot! Thanks anyway! Hopefully we'll both be able to get better sightings in the days / weeks / months / years ahead :wink: Not sure exactly where you ar...
by denfinella
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2625
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