Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Goslings Amongst the Petrol Pumps

Sometimes wildlife appears in the most unexpected places. Travelling back from holiday along the M74 stopped at the Annandale Water Service Station and was quite amazed to see several geese and goslings wandering amongst the parked cars and on the petrol station forecourt.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Colours of May in June

May or hawthorn blossom in the Serpentine Walk.
The may blossom seems to have been particularly spectacular this year, perhaps, flowering later because of the cold spring weather.

Most of the blossom is white but some is tinged pale pink.

This bush in the hedgerow bordering the field between Upper Largo and Lundin Links had bright pink blossom. Couldn't take a close-up photo as it was on the opposite side of the busy road to the pavement.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Large Bracket Fungus

Noticed that this diseased tree in the Serpentine Walk which has had its upper branches sawn off had a large bracket fungus growing from the side of the trunk.

 The underside was creamy-yellow.

It was too high up on the tree to see the upper side properly but I think that it's an example of Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) so called because it looks like a seat for a dryad or wood-nymph..

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Fog Bank Over the Forth

Looking towards Methil only the top of the large wind turbine can be seen above the fog bank. It looks quite eerie.

 Looking out to sea the fog bank seen from the Massney Braes ...
 ... and from the pier at Lower Largo.
From the old railway track looking over the roof tops across the Forth can just see the tops of the oil platforms.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Wood Pigeon Nesting

There is a wood pigeon  nesting in the eucalyptus tree in our garden. The nest appears to be just a loose collection of twigs and looks extremely precarious.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Barnacle Rock Patterns

Barnacles almost completely covering a rock on Lower Largo beach producing amazing patterns of different colours and sizes.

On the sea side of the rock the barnacles are interspersed with bright green seaweed.
The barnacle covered rock with the Crusoe Hotel behind.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Broken Egg Shell

This broken egg shell was lying close to the path in the Serpentine Walk. From the brown colour and size (about the same size as a small hen's egg) think that it is probably from a pheasant's egg. Female pheasants tend to nest under hedges or in tall grass and this was close to the hedgerow at the edge of the field bordering the footpath. Quite often see and hear pheasants in that field. Hopefully the chick will have successfully hatched from the egg.
The hedgerow at the field edge in the Serpentine walk.