Monday, 2 July 2012

Monday 2nd July

I managed to get this Yellowhammer on camera last week when I was away. We were at Scott's view in the Scottish Borders overlooking the River Tweed and the Eildon hills when we saw this Yellowhammer on the top of the dyke just across from where we were parked up! Back at home the bird table has been busy with plenty of fledglings to the fore. There were 3 young Blue Tits, the Great Tit young from the nest box, young Greenfiches and Starlings too, even young Jackdaws trying their luck too!! The young Swallows have flown from their nest in the garage, but the young are still on the nest in the back porch, but not long before they too take off! There are a few Pheasants around with young, the largest brood is only 5, I am not sure if they are from the nest of 22 from the poly tunnel, but I have not seen any larger brood than that...There was a ringtail Hen Harrier at Lyrabus on the edge of Gruinart reserve just before midday, and a male later on at the far end of the reserve. No sign of any Greylags with young of late.

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