A close relative of the Greenshank, but actually a North American shore bird, the Greater Yellowleg, Tringa melanoleuca, was recently seen in our area.
View a short video of the Greater Yellowleg digiscoped by Russell
This is a wasp found on McAllister’s wall today 22 December 2011: Continue reading “A Wasp in Winter” »
Russell has taken very good pictures of a Greater sandplover at Dornoch beach on 16th June 2011.
A very pleasant day for visiting this new bird hide. It is accessed from Golspie, down the Littleferry Road, not far after passing the southern end of the golf course a stylish wooden gate marks the entrance.
A flat walk of under 1km brings you to the hide.
At the new Hope Gate, the western entrance to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, David and Heather spotted a local tree.
Well, it is an etching of two local Aspen trees. Dornoch, Sutherland artist Ian Westacott has an exhibition of ‘Venerable Trees‘ now being displayed at the Hope Gate.
These Aspen trees are growing west of Ardgay, near a Champion Tree, also Aspen, as described by John Miller. John Miller has lead two TDFC excursions examining local trees.
Betty Wright has kindly lent a photograph of Ian Westacott’s Aspen trees which gives insight into how they are an inspiring pair.
These trees can be seen growing in a fenceline by Dounie just west of Gledfield, Ardgay, in plain view of the road.
Another local tree is in Ian Westacott’s exhibition, this one is called the ‘No Worry Tree’.
This tree is in the Gearrchoille, Ardgay. We have no photo of it. Can you supply one?
Who has seen frog spawn this spring in Ross-shire or Sutherland? Continue reading “First Frog Spawn — 2011” »
Hi Folks – Grasshopper Warbler in residence at Inchindown this summer, (Forestry “walkers welcome” path off the road between Scotsburn and Ardross. OS: NH 684 738). Continue reading “Grasshopper Warbler in residence at Inchindown” »
Last night, 29th – 30th July, there was a great display of Nacreous Clouds, or 2, at 03:00, early morning of the 30th. Continue reading “Nacreous Clouds over Sutherland” »
Remember 9th of March when John Parrott spoke about aspen?
On 16th May Marion & Phil spotted a single aspen tree with catkins in a collection of over 60 ramets (stems) mixed with birch, scots pine and alder. This ratio may be in line with the rarity of Aspen setting seed.
The only branches showing catkins were quite high up and digiscoping was resorted to in order to get images.
North Highland Forest Trust has information HERE, from which I have purloined these images.
I will try to watch the catkins develop to ascertain which sex they are.
To confirm which catkin is which sex NHFT advice is to break off a small branch/twig, place it in water so it survives, and watch the catkins develop.
The location of this aspen tree is NH 59692 89843, +/- 7metres, so says the GPS.
That is above Ardgay, Sutherland on Landranger sheet 21.
just wanted to mention the pod of long-finned pilot whales, which were reported previously from The Sutors of Cromarty. Steph and I saw at least 41 of them in the outer Dornoch Firth yesterday 5/5/10 very roughly half-way between Carn Liath and Tarbatness lighthouse. Might be worth a look in case they are still about.
Dave Jones/Steph Elliott
Wheatear at Tarbatness today.
Lots of Whooper Swans, Greylag and some Pinkfeet around Loch Eye.
Osprey back on an East Ross nest site.