A Covey of Grey Partridges (October 2013)

The South of England has took a severe battering on the weather front during the night, this is usually what we in Scotland get quite often, but it has only been a lot of rain that our weather gods have commended upon us up here.

Today I took a ride to the Swans pond , where there is quite a few ducks, more than last time. I threw them some brown bread but I only encouraged the scavenging seagulls who are always milling about the pond these days.

In the field to the back of me sitting on the telephone post were loads of Starlings, I wondering how long the will be here before the long flight southwards.

As I cycled along what was the old railway line, and is now the cycle path, I looked to the field to my left and saw a gang of brownish birds running through the

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Grey Partridge

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Grey Partridge

The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) also known as the English Partridge, Hungarian Partridge, or Hun, is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds.

This partridge breeds on farmland across most of Europe into western Asia, and has been introduced widely into North America.
The Grey Partridge is a rotund bird, 28–32 cm long, brown-backed, with grey flanks and chest. The belly is white, usually marked with a large chestnut-brown horse-shoe mark in males, and also in many females.

Hens lay up to twenty eggs in a ground nest.The nest is usually in the margin of a cereal field, most commonly Winter wheat.

Young Grey Partridges are mostly yellow-brown and lack the distinctive face and underpart markings.

The song is a harsh kieerr-ik, and when disturbed, like most of the gamebirds, it flies a short distance on rounded wings, often calling rick rick rick as it rises. They are a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply.

During the first 10 days of life, the young can only digest insects. The parents lead their chicks to the edges of cereal fields, where they can forage for insects. They are also a non-migratory terrestrial species, and form flocks outside the breeding season.

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Swan Diary #10 (Cygnets at 11 Days Old ) June 2013

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Swan Diary #12

A SURE SIGN OF WINTER

It was the last day of November and the past  two days the temperatures dropped dramatically, so when I got up the sun was shining and a bike ride to the pond was a must.I rode down and ignoring the winter chill made my way along the Bannockburn path to the Swans Pond.

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Swan Diary #10

Yesterday I took a bike ride down to the pond, I hadn’t been for a few weeks and with it being a lovely sunny day I did opportunity to check out the wildlife.

Although it was crispy cold, it was a fantastic Autumn day, the leaves on the trees are changing colour and the paths are now like carpets of leaves.

As I approached i could see away in the far side of the field two Herons looking for food.There was no sign of any swallows or martins, where a few weeks before there had need one or two.

The pond itself was quiet I didn’t see any ducks swans at all from a distance. As I got nearer i could see feathers all along the banks and in the swans nest on the far side.

I threw some bread into the pond and at last the ducks came into view from my left. Amongst them were some young coots which was good to see.

The Swans were nowhere to be seen, and I can only speculate that they have moved to warmer climates for the winter.

Swan Diary #9 – Herons

 

PHOTOS

Bike next to Pond

The day started well as I was cycling along the dirt path on my journey to the pond, a young Rabbit cut across the path.The weather was a vast improvement of the past few days as blue skies were appearing in early morning.

Sparrow on fence

As I got nearer the pond I spotted a few Sparrows look for food in the nearby field, so I stopped and took some photos.

Swallows and Sand Martins on telephone wires

All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while

Sand Martins

 The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.

3 Herons in the field

I was amazed to see, at first two Herons in the far field, until I scanned the horizon and then I counted three, then as I scanned left and right I spotted another two .That was five altogether, I,ve only ever seen one on various rivers.

Gulls on fence near far pool

Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.

Moorhen feeding chick

As I threw some food to the Moorhen I watched it swim to the far reeds to pass it on to one of its chicks.

Moorhen Chick

The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds

Buzzard

As I cycled home , again (like last week) I came across a Buzzard on some telephone wires. I stopped and took out my binoculars and watched fascinated, as it dropped into the field, out of sight for a moment, then taking flight with a vole in its clutches.

Buzzard

 

Swan Diary #7 – Coots

Today, I went to the pond early in the morning, after another week of torrential rain in Scotland the weather held off long enough for me to observe the latest ‘news‘ on the Pond.

The Cygnets are looking more like adults than ever and there long slender necks are a site to behold.

The Ducks too are growing at a rapid rate, but its the Coots who stole the show this week. After me thinking there was no chance of any eggs hatching, what did I see on the far side ? Five young babies swimming along with mum and dad.

Take a look at the photos I got below.