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by FrankS
02 Jul 2012, 22:57
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: juvenile goldfinches
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: juvenile goldfinches

Here is a photo of a greypate (juv goldfinch) Fiona, taken in my garden in Leurbost this time last year. I have a good number of young finches visiting my garden daily this year again, including goldfinches, siskins, chaffinches and greenfinches. i also had a visit from a pair of lesser redpolls a c...
by FrankS
02 Jul 2012, 22:43
Forum: Fungi
Topic: identification
Replies: 5
Views: 3003

Re: identification

Thanks for that Callum There are obviously a number of experts covering all the catagories here but i will certainly have a look at ispot, if anything, to see what others are finding throughout the country As for them disagreeing, in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with a bit of conflict now and ...
by FrankS
28 Jun 2012, 19:58
Forum: Amphibians and reptiles
Topic: Toad
Replies: 1
Views: 3952

Toad

Found this Toad today in the Uig hills Lewis.
toad.jpg
by FrankS
19 Jun 2012, 21:08
Forum: Birds
Topic: cuckoo chick query
Replies: 13
Views: 3122

Re: cuckoo chick query

Sorry, should i be speaking about cuckoos?
by FrankS
19 Jun 2012, 21:07
Forum: Birds
Topic: cuckoo chick query
Replies: 13
Views: 3122

Re: cuckoo chick query

I've heard of tree nesting House Sparrows before in various parts of England, I've never been lucky enough to see one though. Brian, Were your Uist nests hidden in thick bushy trees or were they quite open ?.... I've found Spanish Sparrow and Desert Sparrow nests in trees before (obviously not in t...
by FrankS
15 Jun 2012, 22:51
Forum: Birds
Topic: Coal Tit - query
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: Coal Tit - query

Hi Chris, Apart from the Stornoway area Coal Tits are established in the Garynahine plantation (first bred in 1989) and occasionally breeds at Achmore. Maybe at other places on Lewis and there are a few records for Harris in suitable breeding habitat. Remains a scarce visitor to the Uists and Barra...
by FrankS
11 Jun 2012, 21:11
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: June 10th
Replies: 1
Views: 576

Re: June 10th

it's not muir-burn Brian, not as i know it anyway. Muir-burn carried out properly, in strips or patches is an art really and is completely different than whatever it is that they do here. I'm glad you mentioned the reletively small number of sheep in the area, which highlights the fact that there is...
by FrankS
02 Jun 2012, 10:41
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Changing forget-me-not
Replies: 1
Views: 1674

Changing forget-me-not

An interesting plant. The flowers change from cream white/yellow through pink to blue, hence its title. One you have to really look for though, as the flowers measure only 2mm across.
changing forget me not.jpg
by FrankS
26 May 2012, 20:57
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Askernish Today 25/5/2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1558

Re: Askernish Today 25/5/2012

Hi FrankS Thanks very much for the offer, but I am afraid to say that after much scrutiny by the wife and I, they were scattered to the 4 winds! Had we known that it was going to be of great interest, we would have kept them – such is life. These things often happen when ringing, your thoughts are ...
by FrankS
26 May 2012, 10:27
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: Askernish Today 25/5/2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1558

Re: Askernish Today 25/5/2012

hi Brian, Obviously without the rest of the bird, one cannot be entirely sure, but having seen many such bundles of feathers over the years from woodcock which never stick in the net (actually only caught 3 in a mist net), I cannot think what else it would be. Definitely not a raptor, patterning to...