My monthly BTO WeBS count along the Union Canal, Linlithgow to Philpstoun.
As part of efforts to improve screen vs. canvas balance I'm going to try to keep most of my canal-count blogs much shorter in the past. Just the basics of what I saw, perhaps primarily as a record for myself. If anything really exciting comes up I'll try to include it. Like January's mole.
Friday 21st Feb
turnaround time 10am
End time 11am
Weather - cold and windy from east to west. Sometimes a little rain.
The flood field - quite extensively flooded - 119 wigeon making use of it. On my route this is a very hight count for any species.
Curlew 2 - on flood field
Wigeon 119 - on flood field
Black-headed Gull 2
Common Gull 2
Dipper 1 - zoomed past on stream below canal bridge just east of Philpstoun. I heard rather than saw it.
All birds seen:
Pheasant - a black one, as you sometimes see. Other than the red facial wattles it's whole body was in iridescent greeny, purple-y, blue-y blacks.
|This is spot the black pheasant. The black spot is this pheasant.|
|identify the fungi. on an uprooted tree|
|lots of them. growing from earth around the now air-exposed roos|