Bird Observations Day to Day.

Friday, 4 August 2006



Ferruginous Duck. 30/07/06

Have been spending the afternoon bringing my list of species up to date and thought I would round off with my trip last Sunday.  We set off during the morning to go to Lochgelly Loch. It is a small inland loch that is used by fishermen a great deal but it does not seem to put the birds off one little bit.  We had heard that there was a Ferruginous Duck there and as I had never seen one we thought it was worth a try.  It was lovely sunny morning and the light was very good.  After just a few minutes I spotted the duck by means of Stuarts telescope which is an awesome piece of kit. (My binoculars still being serviced as I write) During the time we were there I managed to get two horse fly bites on my waist, why do they always pick on me. We did not linger at the loch as we had decided to move on to Kinhorn on the river Forth.

Kinghorn was looking good when we arrived and Stuart started scanning the water. During the time we were there we saw Gannets, Puffins, Razor Bills, Guillimots, Eider Duck, Common Tern,Sandwich Tern, and the rare Roseate Tern (Picture above). Just before we left an Arctic Skua came down the river lifting all the ducks as they are a big predator of smaller ducks etc. I have placed a picture of the bird below.  The pictures I have used today are not mine just borrowed. Still trying to save for the attachment I need for the telescope to take pictures like this. Thank you for reading this far.
Our years total is now 162.  Bye for now Joan.


  1. ally1231305859184 August 2006 at 18:23

    Joan don't mind they are not your pictures they are lovely and it is nice to see them ~ you certainly saw a good variety of our feathered friends ~ the rare Roseate Tern if beautiful ~ 162 sightings this year is good going ~ does it equal last years sightings to date ? ~ Ally

  2. Fabulous.
    We took a walk with the swallows today.
    Have you  ever been birdwatching on Islay.
    We had a corncrake in our back garden when we lived there............(well not quite a garden - the acre behind the house)

  3. You certainly get a good variety of birds up there! The pics are lovely even though they aren't yours, it's good of you to find them so we can see what you're talking about! Jeannette xx

  4. Hi Joan, that seems like a lot of sightings, it must be such a joy when you see a beautiful rare bird like the roseate tern.  I haven`t even heard of it before but it certainly is a lovely looking bird. :o)

    Sandra xxxx

  5. Hi! Joan
    Thank you for sharing....and well done the two of you.


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Hi, I'm Joan I live in Scotland with my hubby of 48 years. We are both retired and enjoying life to the full well nearly. We are always out and about doing this and that. We love the countryside and do a bit of birdwatching and even twitch from time to time. We also visit art galleries and hubby does a bit of watercolour painting. Me I read a lot mainly thillers. I have been been keeping a journal for over five years over on AOL but we are being thrown out so this is my new home.