A regular (well, fairly regular!) update on the birding exploits of two far from expert, but very enthusiastic birders in Sunny Nairn, on the coast of The Moray Firth. Welcome to Kate and Seamus's personal blog!
Up to 80 Pale Bellied Brent Geese winter in Nairn every year, travelling
from their breeding grounds in the Norwegian Artic Archipelago, Svalbard.
some reason this year they've chosen to feed on the cricket pitch and the
football pitch at The Links. Their usual feeding area is on the eel grasses
on the shoreline around the golf course and along to the pool. A friend
has suggested that these may have been covered by the moving sands, and so the
geese have been forced onto the pitches to feed on the grass.
Hopefully they will not be put off
returning to Nairn, and we see them back on the beach next year, where they have been a regular source of interest for bird
watchers in the area.
Yet another beautiful day in Nairn today, so I went down to the golf course to see what was on the beach. First sighting was of this pair of Bar Tailed Godwits feeding with Oyster Catchers.
The Godwits are the paler birds
Then over to the Links to look for the Brent geese that I've been told have been feeding on the cricket pitch. Well I was too late for that as a dog had just chased them off, but I saw them on the footie pitch instead. It's quite a new venture for them (I think). Normally they feed off the eel grasses on the beach. But a friend tells me tat the latest sand movements have covered these grasses, and now they look to have found a suitable replacement!
I sat for two (getting colder) hours waiting for them to fly - but had to settle for the Oyster Catchers flying over their heads instead.
This little beauty is still showing well on the river just
around the Merryton (Sewage) Bridge. It's been around for a good six weeks (or
more) now. It's the one that keeps diving just as you're trying to focus on it,
and then pops back up miles away!
Freinds have told me to look out for the little grebe around the A96 bridge - and sure enough, there it was giving some good views as it kept diving for food. It's a very small diving duck, with beautiful plumage in the breeding season. It seems to have been around for quite a while, so very likely to see it again. As ever, a robin popped out to say hello as I was wandering down the path!
A selection of Greetings Cards suitable for Christmas, or any occasion, with photos of waxwings from the recent influx to our gardens, or Robins by the River Nairn. They all come with an optional greeting on the front page: 'Happy Christmas from Nairn'. The back page gives details of the bird and where the photograph was taken. The inside of the card has been left blank for your own message. They can be purchased via my Facebook page www.facebook.com/thenairnbirder/ (just leave a comment against the selected card or message me via Messenger) or via a special website at www.seamusmcardle.co.uk or via a message left on this blog. The cost is £2.50 each, or five for £10, plus p&p.
These cards and many more are available from The Woolshop on the Brae and Crafty Wee Birdie, the craft shop on the Brae, as well as a small selection at Strachan's. Here are a few examples.
The waxwings seemed to have quietened down - but as I write over 250 fly into the tree opposite the house! Anyway, the garden is still alive with the regulars. In fact there seems top be a lot more activity formn the blue tits, as they come in in small flocks of p to six at a time. Here's a few pics.
A blue tit on a tree in the back garden on Sunday.
And here is a waxwing from a few days ago, along with a few of the flocks in flight on a sunny day.