Friday, 30 March 2012

My first Coma and Orange tip of the year.

 Nice walk along the Don this afternoon either side of the Jarra / Shields boundary stretch. Dropped into the Scotch est. dene (Inverness rd. dene) first and was very disappointed to see major fire damage to a lot of the vegetation here. But with a bit luck this will grow back in time for the Demoiselle season here. This little gem of a site didn't disappoint despite the fire damage as my first Orange tip of the year was on the wing here in the female form at the base of the steps leading to the A19.. Chiffchaff (2) and male Bullfinch also of note here.
Along Station burn next and one of the first futterbyes seen was this Coma. in exactly the same spot Ive seen them for the last few years.( next to the tunnel at the west end). Also another was about mid way along the Don here. Small white, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Green veined white also seen today but none of the buggers posed for the camera. Chiffchaff (3), male Bully, Heron and Spuggyhawk note worthy also the amount of Chaffinch's here,far more than in days gone by.
And this Cormorant bit off more than it could chew this morning by the pier. After watching the bird battle with this fish (no idea with fish..anyone ID?) for a couple of minutes and trying to get it down.....The bird gave up and released the fish. Greedy git!.. 23 Sanderling in the area along with 3 Purple sandpipers and a handful of Oystercatchers and Redshanks.
South Marine park still had the twitch worthy Canada pair this morning (for those who haven't seen them yet in ST this year... some might laugh but its true!). Another Chiffchaff also in the treed area along with the usual.

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