Walk in the Culbins

Friends from Edinburgh stayed with us overnight and before they went home we took a short walk in the Culbin Forest in Moray.

We were just out for a walk and not expecting to see a great deal but at the mouth of the Muckle Burn there were several hundred wigeon either swimming or standing shoulder to shoulder along the bank of the Muckle Burn for a distance of about a hundred meters.

Coming back into the forest we saw a small group of waxwings and then crested tits and longtail tits amongst the birch trees and the scots pine.

A very pleasant couple of hours walk in sunshine.

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11 Nov, 2010
Stickipuffin_avatar
stickitoffee said:

how fantastic! a glorious autumn with golden leaves and now we seem to be having some really beautiful birds visiting. we have long tailed tits ~ they seem like a tiny travelling band with tiny whistles! but ive never seen crested tits or waxwings, nor wigeon ~ lucky you!

11 Nov, 2010
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jane said:

Must have been a wonderful sight...all those wigeon grouped together.Never seen a crested tit Bubaholic...would I be right in thinking they are native to and therefore only seen in parts of Scotland particularly where there are scots pine ? Sunshine...hm..clearly you have not had the driving rain and gale force winds we have suffered here the last couple of days !

11 Nov, 2010
Fulmar_cropped
bulbaholic said:

I suppose that crested tits are a very localised bird, confined to the Caledonian pine forests of northern Scotland (although Culbin was planted early in the 20th centuary to stabilise the drifting sands). They, and long tailed tits are locally plentiful but difficult to spot amongst the dense branches of the trees and they don't come too close.
We had serious winds on Sunday/Monday but the week has been OK since. We should also miss tonights gales forcast for England & Wales.
Sorry that there are no photographs but all the birds were too far away for any of my efforts.

11 Nov, 2010
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jane said:

Thank you for the info...when we have long tailed tits visit they are always heard before being seen...and even then they move so quickly its almost impossible to take photos !
Winds picking up even stronger this evening...expect there will be some trees and branches down during the night...can be quite scary...

11 Nov, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

last february 7 long-tailed tits visited the peanut feeder outside my kitchen window ~ i attempted to take a photo ~ i have posted 2 of the photos

14 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Some wonderful sights for you Bulb ..heard of Waxwings invading allsorts of areas even carparks en masse but not caught any views yet . Your blog gives me something to look forward to , hopefully.

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