It was coming up to the end of January so I decided to make the most of my last weekend of the month. Having set myself a very ambitious target to see 100 new species this year, I decided to go to a place called Ardmore Point (on the west coast of Scotland) hoping to see some new divers/ducks that could increase my monthly total of 7 new species so far this month.
About a month ago I submitted an application to attend the BTO Bird and Nature Camp 2017 at the BTO headquarters in Thetford England. Last Friday I was delighted to get an email telling me that I had a place. I was/am SO excited!!
On the same day as my previous blog about Waxwings I discovered something amazing so decided to write a separate blog about it.
When I was looking back through the photographs I’d taken of the Waxwings in Motherwell the day after New Year, I discovered that one of the birds had 5 rings on its legs.
On New Year’s Day I went to the James Hamilton Heritage Park in Stewartfield, East Kilbride to try out my new scope. I didn’t expect to see much because it’s only a small loch.
It was freezing and there was a lot of ice but surprisingly there were a lot of bird species around. I only had to walk a quarter of the way round until I saw some Scaup. I didn’t even need to set up the scope at this point because three of them were only a couple of metres away which gave me the chance to get a few close up photos.
In the middle of December I heard about some waxwings that were spotted at my local patch (Linn Park) so I went down for a look.
When I arrived at the park it was a cloudy but not too cold; I headed off down the path next to the river that would lead me to the bridge where the waxwings had been spotted.