Saturday, 21 December 2013

Patching: Kingfisher and Wigeon

I decided to stay close to home today. Now that the leaves have fallen I have been able to peer towards Little France when passing Craigmillar Castle and have been surprised that the building works area has actually been turned into a flood prevention scheme - bingo! a whole array of previously un-noticed birding habitat!

A quick look around this morning produced a nice selection including 25 Lapwing, 23 Stock Dove, Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Linnets and Meadow Pipits along with a handful of loafing gulls. Most surprising was a total of 98 Mallard, 4 Teal and patch ticks in the form of a Kingfisher and 2 Wigeon.

1 comment:

Stuart said...

Surprising what even new patches of water can bring in.
Of interest, there was a Hoodie hybrid picking up scraps just outside the entrance to Ryries pub at Haymarket on Friday morning. (I hasten to add that I was not frequenting the establishment!)