Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stormy Skies

Yesterday evening, storm Henry was at its height, with gales and heavy showers, producing stormy skies and an eerie light over Lundin Links.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

For over 30 years now the RSPB has been conducting a garden birdwatch at this time of year. The public are invited to take part by watching and recording the birds they see in one hour in their garden or a park and sending in their results by post or on-line. My results for this year were:

Blackbird: 2
Dunnock: 1
Blue tit: 2
Coal tit: 1
Great tit: 1
House sparrow: 9
Robin: 2
Starling: 2
Jackdaw: 1
Chaffinch: 2
Goldfinch: 1

The count was fairly representative of what we see most days. Seems to be more sparrows about than in previous years. This month we have also seen bullfinches feeding on the seed heads of the St John's wort and honeysuckle.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Lively Sea

 Windy yesterday producing some spectacular waves at Lower Largo.

 Caught in the spray as this wave hit the sea wall.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A January Rose.

Surprising that this lovely rose is still blooming in the garden in mid January. Presumably it's a result of the mild weather in November and December.

Friday, 15 January 2016

A Light Dusting of Snow

There was a light fall of snow overnight yesterday but by the afternoon most of it had disappeared, although  the top of Largo Law was still white.

 The standing water (from the recent wet weather) in the fields beneath Largo Law has frozen.

Behind the trees a wintry looking Largo Law.

Friday, 1 January 2016

The Cocklemill Burn

The Cocklemill Burn emerges at the extreme eastern end of Largo Bay. One of my favourite walks is to park at the small Fife Coastal Path car park close to the caravan site at Shell Bay, then take the path through the woods to  the edge of the trees and then follow the Cocklemill Burn as it meanders to the shore.

 In parts the burn flows beneath high sand dunes.

I think that the holes in the sand dunes here  are used by nesting sand martins.

There are two wooden bridges which take walkers over the burn to reach the sands of Largo Bay. Looking beyond the first bridge can see the Lomond Hills in the distance.

The second bridge.

Looking over the second bridge can see the giant wind turbine at Methil.

The second bridge leads walkers on to Largo Bay.

The marshy ground close to burn. This area of salt marsh is an important resource for several bird species.

Monday, 28 December 2015

December Sunset

 One of my favourite views - sunset over the Forth taken from the pier at Lower Largo.
Shouldn't complain because it was nothing compared to the devastating floods in the North of England but Boxing Day was miserable in Fife. It rained incessantly for about 24 hours and just to finish things off we had a power cut in the evening, so it was nice to see some brightness and a lovely sunset yesterday.
Another view from Lower Largo.