Thursday, 28 March 2013

28th March

A few of Tom Hutton's latest shots from the moor.
 The view from the southern end of the moor across the border into England.
An excellent flight shot of a female chaffinch.

 A handsome pair of pheasants.

  It has been snowing regularly here at Langholm but not much of the snow is settling, Tinnis Hill has just a sprinkling.
The secret is out, the pheasants have worked out how to reach the bird table, time to move it I think.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

27th March

It is not feeling very spring-like on Langholm moor with freezing temperatures and regular snow showers. The moorland bird feeding station is as busy as ever. The new ground feeder (built by volunteer Daniel Lacey) is proving very popular with Brambling. These photos are a great opportunity to practise your Chaffinch / Brambling ID.  Chaffinch and Brambling often move in mixed flocks and feed together and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish. these photographs show male and female Brambling and Chaffinch feeding side by side, can you identify them?

Many thanks to John Wright for these photos.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

14th March 2013

Project volunteers Tom Hutton and Sandy Gill have been making the most of a few bright, sunny days to take some great shots on langholm moor. Many thanks guys!

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Monday, 11 March 2013

A fresh covering of snow on the moor is a reminder the winter weather is not finished with us just yet, and the feeding station still has plenty of winter visitors, especially Brambling. Skylark, Lapwing, Curlew, Reed bunting and Common lizard sightings becoming more regular. The Black Grouse are back on their leks and it is nice to hear the Red Grouse chuckling away too.