Monday, 30 October 2017

Sunday 29th Oct 2017

Sunny. 10c. NW 3.

Had a wee walk along the canal from Maryhill to Firhill Basin. The highlights included at least 1 Kingfisher and no less than 5 Foxes. I came so close to getting a shot of a Kingfisher but i wasn`t quick enough as it was flushed from its perch by a passing dog-walker, just as i was reaching for my camera. A couple of other subjects were more obliging ;

Friday, 27 October 2017

Thursday 26th Oct 2017

Forth & Clyde Canal/Ruchill Park : Cloudy. 11c. W

My Glasgow bird list increased to 41 species thanks to the addition of ;
Fieldfare 2 (SW in a small flock of Redwings).
Common Gull 1 (adult on Firhill Basin).
Mistle Thrush 1 (in Ruchill Park).

Also managed to point the camera at a couple of subjects
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull (1st winters)

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

River Kelvin (Sunny. 14c. W1)

Before i left to go back to Yorkshire for the rest of my stuff, i sent a request to join the Clyde Birds Group, who kindly accepted said request. So while checking the page (yesterday) i saw that the Sea Trout had been reported coming up over the weir. Sea Trout would be a new species for me, so with that in mind we took a walk down. Did`nt get lucky today (well, not with a live one*) but still had an enjoyable walk, with the highlights being ;
Nuthatch 1 (calling from by the Ha`penny Bridge).
Goosander 3 (redheads).
Dipper 1
Kingfisher 1
Grey Wagtail 2
Mink 1 (*feeding on a dead Sea Trout below Queen Margaret Drive Bridge).
Fox 1 (asleep on the far bank by Belmont Bridge).

Hawthorn Shieldbug

Friday, 20 October 2017

Home is where the heart is....

and mine is definitely here in the city of Glasgow.
Arrived here in my new home Tuesday evening but didn`t get out for a walk till Thursday, when we took a wee stroll along the Forth & Clyde Canal (Here`s the highlights).
Overcast. 13c. SE 1.
Common Buzzard 1 (drifted towards Applecross).
Water Rail 1 (calling from reeds on the far bank at Firhill Basin).
Kingfisher 2 (Firhill Basin).
Fox 1 (along the opposite bank at Maryhill).

"Juv" Moorhen - Firhill Basin
I know i`ve already spent 13 weeks over 3 visits to Glasgow but now that it`s my home i`ve decided to start my bird list from scratch and after 1 & a bit days, it stands at the heady total of 20.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Sunday 8th Oct 2017

High Cloud. 16c. NW 2.

Stubbin (Rawmarsh).

Had a wander around the old pit site on the edge of our village but my timing coincided with the arrival of the local off-road biking youths and as a result of that the birding was pretty dire, with the best on offer being my first Redwings of the autumn/winter with 2 birds passing over heading W.
So with that in mind i turned my attention to the terrestrial side of things and was rewarded with the locally rare Striated Earthstars along with a few other fungi and a couple of Leafmines ;

Birch Bolete


Fly Agaric

Clouded Agaric

Anoplus plantaris on Birch

Amauromyza labiatum on Hedge Woundwort

The mild temperature resulted in a couple of visitors to my bedroom window after dark ;

Red-green Carpet

Pale Mottled Willow

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Friday 6th Oct 2017

Sunny. 15c. NW3.

Had to nip in to town, so with it being a nice day i thought i`d scrap catching the bus and walk it along the canal. Not a lot to mention on the wildlife front but i did manage to capture a few subjects with the camera ;



Red Valerian

Larval mine of Stigmella crataegella on Hawthorn

Thought that would be my wildlife fix for the day but i had a visitor to my bedroom window after dark, in the form of this Red-green Carpet ;

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thursday 5th Oct 2017

Sunny. 15c. NW5.

Creighton Wood (Swinton)

It`s been a wee while since i`ve had a mooch around this wood in the adjacent village, so i decided to see what it had to offer this morning. Not a lot i hasten to add, with the best being ;

Larval mine of Stigmella tityrella on Beech

Fairies Bonnets
And this, Haircap Moss which i`d only ever seen previously in Scotland earlier this year ;

Rosehill Park (Rawmarsh)

Called in here on my way back and it was nice to see no less than 4 Red Admirals nectaring on Ivy flowers ;