The 15th of August edition of ITV’s Border Life programme features field work on Ailsa Craig by Dave Grant (birder of this parish) as part of his Ph.D research into anti-microbial resistance in gulls (I think I got that right). The whole programme is interesting but you can skip to the exciting gull footage (Surely some mistake? – Ed.) at around the 4 minute mark.
With the summer solstice almost upon us, it was time for me to deal with the backlog of photos sent in for the Photo Gallery. This includes some lovely photos of hard-to-see birds. Jamie McPike knows that to get passage migrants such as Dotterel and Ring Ouzel in Ayrshire involves climbing hills and his efforts brought results: his Ring Ouzel makes it onto the Ayrshire Species List. We all know how difficult it is to get a view, any view, of a Grasshopper Warbler, so Angus’s photo of the inside of its mouth shows what talent and patience can produce.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, Jamie McPike and Bob Ross for sending in photos for the Photo Gallery.
In a break from tradition, the Systematic List of the 2013 issue of the Ayrshire Bird Report is being published online here first. For those of you who still like to read the ABR in dead-tree format, a printed version which will include several breeding reports and other information will be available towards the end of June. Details will be published here when I get them.
(BTW, don’t worry if the opened document claims to be from 2006 – Fraser hasn’t updated his Word document settings in a while!)
Tony Scott has sent in the latest issue of the The Stonechat, the SOC Ayrshire Branch’s newsletter. You can get it here .
Now that Spring is almost here it was time to clear the decks by publishing the photos people had sent in over the winter. As expected, the first-winter Glacous Gull at Troon got the gull-types excited. There are also nice pictures of commoner birds visiting gardens. Dave Grant’s photo of a Slavonian Grebe at Martnaham made it onto the Ayrshire Species List being the first photo for that species I’ve received.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg and Bruce Kerr for sending in photos for the Photo Gallery.
With the change to windy and wet weather it isn’t too surprising that we have wetland birds dominating this batch of photos. Of course it helped that the second ever occurrence in Ayrshire of a Glossy Ibis was an individual that liked to be photographed! However, it was Angus’s photo of a Wood Sandpiper that made it onto the Ayrshire Species List being the first photo for that species I’ve received.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, Bruce Kerr, Liz Leyden and Jamie McPike for sending in photos for the Photo Gallery.
Tony Scott has sent in the latest issue of the The Stonechat, the SOC Ayrshire Branch’s newsletter. You can get it here . Note: this is a 9MB PDF document as it contains a lot of high-quality images.
And yes, I’m pretty sure Tony knows that the bird on the front cover is not a Stonechat!
It feels wrong calling this the “Late Summer” batch of photos (unless we are using “late” in its other sense of “dead”!) but at least the photos are good. Jamie’s picture of a Yellowhammer even drew appreciative comments from my wife! John’s picture of a Long-tailed Tit in his garden shows this charming bird very nicely. Bruce’s picture of a Black Redstart isn’t going to win any awards but it is interesting because this is a very young juvenile which implies they were breeding in Ayrshire. Finally, Dave’s picture of the ever-expanding flock of Mediterranean Gulls at Meikle Craig will get the gull-fans excited as they look at all the different plumage stages.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Bruce Kerr, John Macpherson and Jamie McPike for sending in photos for the Photo Gallery.